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Family Law Archives

Father faces family law issue, seeks custody of daughter

In Texas, when either married or unmarried couples choose to separate, the fate of any children that resulted from these relationships may be determined by court. Parents often disagree about significant family law matters that will affect their children, such as custody or adoption arrangements.

Grandparents experiencing family law issue seek visitation rights

In the state of Texas, many family legal issues stem from instances that relate to preserving a child’s best interest. While family law situations most often involve the parents of a child, they can also include matters like grandparents’ rights to visitation.

Family law discrepancies claimed in $130M adoption lawsuit

When two parents decide to separate from one another, they are often faced with difficult decisions regarding the future care of their children. It is not uncommon for individuals to dispute important matters like custody, parental rights, adoption wishes or other similar factors. The final living arrangements are sometimes determined by state laws, which can vary — as with Texas and Utah, for example — and can sometimes lead to family law issues.

National Adoption Month highlights needs of foster children

All month long the entire country has been observing National Adoption Month to promote awareness for raising children in need. In Texas alone there are nearly half a million children who are currently in the foster care system. These young people are in need of stable and loving homes, and of parents to help raise them to become respectable citizens.

Prenuptials are a more viable option as the economy stabilizes

Prior to a marriage, many Texas couples enter into a prenuptial agreement to protect assets that may be negatively affected if the union ends in divorce. Issues such spousal support and property division are a few of the key points that should be clearly outlined in order to provide maximum protection for all parties. In order to ensure that there are no gray areas in the premarital agreement, seeking the assistance of a family law attorney is likely the best course of action.

An unreasonable spouse may trigger divorce, study says

No one denies that marriage is difficult. Even when you are married to the person who you would consider to be your soul mate, personality quirks, different parenting styles and financial concerns can tax your patience and put a strain on any healthy relationship. At times those stressors can take such a tremendous toll on a marriage that it is damaged it to a point where the couple feels that divorce in Texas is the only viable option, so they head over to a family law attorney to make it official.

Divorced couple battles over children's surname

When dealing with children during and following a divorce, family law judges in Collin County and all throughout the nation must take the best interests of the children into question at all times in order to better protect them. Regardless of the wishes of the parents or how impassioned they are in their beliefs, if something may have a negative effect on a child’s future it should be avoided.

Sweetin, Coyle dispute custody and alimony in divorce filings

When couples in Collin County decide their marriage is no longer working, they often choose to divorce. In the majority of cases, there are issues that need to be sorted out in order to reach a settlement. Couples may disagree on things, including child custody, spousal support and property division, and require the assistance of a family law court to reach an agreement.

Supreme Court rules on Indian Child Welfare Act case

In 1978, the federal government established the Indian Child Welfare Act. The law was meant to protect the parental rights of Native American parents in Collin County, and throughout the U.S., whose children had been forcibly removed from their care. Prior to this family law being put into effect, a study showed that at least a quarter of all Native American children were being placed in foster care or put up for adoption for no reason other than ignorant child welfare laws. 

Houston parents have rights revoked after abandoning newborn

Family law courts are in place in order to reach fair settlements and look out for the best interests of those who become ensnared in family related legal disputes, specifically when the best interests of children are in question. When parents are found to be neglectful, or to not be putting the needs of their children first, family law courts may have to make difficult decisions regarding child custody and future parental rights.