Family Law

iStock_000008485881_LargeFamily law cases have consequences that go far beyond the courtroom. The legal, financial, and emotional effects of a family court ruling are often life changing and can affect all of your personal relationships. If you need a lawyer who understands that your case is far more than just another number, contact our firm today. We handle all family court matters in the Permian Basin, Texas, area and will aggressively fight for what’s best for you and your family.

Divorce

A divorce raises a number of issues including child custody and support, spousal support (alimony), and property division. Some or all of these issues will often be hotly contested. Using an attorney to help you through the divorce process can help you fight for your rights as well as provide an emotionally detached person to help keep your emotions from harming your case. Even when divorce issues are uncontested, having an attorney review the divorce agreement can help make sure it has the legal effect you intended and that you haven’t left anything out of the agreement.

Child Custody

Child looks at the swearing parentsChild custody proceedings may be one of the most emotional areas of the law. Often, both parents may truly believe that they can best care for their child, but it is the court’s job to sort through these emotions to determine what is in the best interests of the child. Our attorneys can help you present your case to the judge in a way that lets the judge objectively see why granting you custody would be in your child’s best interests.

Child Support

Child support proceedings can often be made difficult by the fact that it is sometimes difficult to remember that child support payments are not meant to be punitive but to ensure that the child is adequately cared for. Child support should cover food, clothing, housing, medical, and other necessary expenses for the child. While an initial determination is made based on a formula, various factors can justify a higher or lower child support award. Our firm will fight for what’s in the best interests of you and your child.

Modifications

Divorce judgments, including spousal support, child support, and child custody decisions, are generally considered final. However, there are times when a significant change in circumstances renders a previous decision inequitable. If you feel that a previous judgment no longer adequately reflects your current circumstances or if your ex-spouse is moving for a modification, contact our firm so we can help you fight for your rights.

Terminations

Termination proceedings permanently end a parent’s right to custody of or visitation with their child. They can be brought in cases of abuse, neglect, abandonment, non-support, and other severe circumstances. Because of the consequences involved, it is vital to seek the advice of an attorney as soon as possible if termination proceedings have been initiated.