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Whether your case involves enforcement of child support or visitation orders, modifications, or even the termination of parental rights, the Doug Roy Law Firm has the skills and resources to aid you with your desired goals. Our offices are available to answer any questions you may have so call or email us today to schedule your initial consultation. In the meantime, here is a snapshot of just some of the types of family law issues the Doug Roy Law Firm handles:
•Adoptions Adoptions involve the termination the parental rights by one or both of the biological parents of a child, and the assumption of these rights by another party. Adoptions require strict adherence to technical legal requirements and you will need an experienced attorney to ensure that this complicated process goes something.
•Amicus Attorney An amicus attorney is an attorney whose job is to represent the best interest of the child. The attorneys at the Ramos Law Firm have experience serving as amicus attorneys appointed by the court and working with many of the established amicus attorneys in Harris and surrounding counties.
•Attorney General Cases The Office of the Attorney General manages child support in Texas. The office of the attorney general has the ability to bring cases of its own motion, or to intervene in a pending case involving child support. The OAG often tries to encourage agreements, but it is important to know your rights before making any agreements.
•Child Custody Parents in Texas are either named joint managing conservators or sole and possessory managing conservators of their children. Regardless of the type of conservatorship, one parent is usually given the right to designate the primary residence of the child. This is the parent who the child lives with most of the time. A court awards this right based on the best interest of the child. If you want custody of your child, or want to better understand your rights as a parent, the Ramos Law Firm can help you understand the factors used in determining custody and can help you win custody of your child by placing the right Houston family law attorney on your case.
•Collaborative Family Law Collaborative Family law is process in which both spouses hire the same attorney and work together toward a resolution. The Ramos Law Firm does not perform collaborative divorces because we believe the divorcing spouses necessarily have conflicting interests. What is good for one spouse in a divorce is not good for the other. We recommend that each spouse hire separate legal counsel so that he or she can receive objective legal advice about his or her individual best interest.
•Contested Divorce Contested Divorces occur when the parties cannot reach an agreement regarding one or more issues in a divorce. •Divorce A divorce, or dissolution of marriage, occurs when one or both spouses seek to break the marriage contract. Texas allows both no-fault and fault divorces.
•Divorce by Publication A divorce by publication occurs when one spouse wants a divorce, but does not know the location of the other spouse. The divorce can go forward without the missing spouse so long as the proper steps are taken to attempt to find the spouse and to publically post notice of a pending divorce.
•Enforcements of Child Support and Visitation Orders Court orders regarding payment of child support or visitation schedules can be enforced by contempt. That means that if your childï¿½s other parent fails to pay child support or fails to allow you to see the child when your previous order says it is your time, they can be fined or even put in jail for their failure to comply. The Ramos Law Firm has experience bringing and defending enforcement actions.
•High Net Worth Divorce A high net worth divorce differs from other divorces in the complexity of the property division issues likely to occur. The Ramos Law Firm has the experience and capacity to effectively manage cases with complex property division issues. •Modifications of Child Support, Custody and Visitation If a previous order related to your children is no longer working for your family, it is possible to modify or change that order. Modifications are allowed if one party can prove that a material a substantial change has occurred since the last order or that the previous order is no longer workable for the parties.
•Paternity In cases where the parents of a child are not married, the father must be adjudicated before any orders regarding child support, visitation and access and conservatorship can be made by the court. Many courts require DNA testing even when both parties agree as to the identity of the father.
•Pre-Marital Agreements Pre-marital agreements are designed to address issues of property division that may occur in a divorce prior to the parties' marriage. Discussing finances with your future spouse is critical to having a successful marriage and some people feel that it strengthens their marriage to reduce these discussions to writing. Pre-marital agreements can only address property issues; future children of the parties cannot be included.
•Protective Orders In order to be granted a protective order, the victim must prove a history or pattern of family violence and a likelihood that family violence will occur in the future. Protective orders have broad ramifications on other types of family law proceedings, especially any pending case involving custody or access to minor child.
•Spousal Maintenance In certain cases one spouse is ordered to making monthly payments for the support of the other spouse. Usually, the parties must have been married for at least ten years or one spouse must be disabled for courts to order spousal support after the divorce is finalized. Temporary or interim spousal support is more common, in which one spouse makes payments for the support of the other spouse while the case is pending.
•Suit Affecting Parent Child Relationship A suit affecting the parent child relationship gives conservatorship, visitation and support rights and duties to both parents of a child when those parents are not currently married to each other.
•Termination of Parental Rights In order for a child to be adopted, the parental rights of one or both parents must be terminated. Parental rights can be voluntarily relinquished in some cases, or can be involuntarily terminated for good cause shown.
•Temporary Orders Temporary Orders determine child custody and property use issues while a case is ongoing.
•Temporary Restraining Orders Temporary Restraining Orders are put in place to insure that both spouses act in good faith while the case is pending. They prevent either spouse from making any large changes regarding the parties' property or children for a certain period of time. •Uncontested Divorce Uncontested divorces are divorces in which both spouses are in agreement on all issues and one spouse agrees not to hire an attorney.
•Visitation and Access It is important that all parents have a clear and enforceable schedule for when they will see their children. There is a standard possession order in Alabama that serves as a guideline for the minimum amount of visitation each parent should have. There are also many creative possession schedules that may work for your family.