If you need a family law attorney, we understand that this is most likely a difficult and painful time in your life. We can help you understand the legal implications of the change that you are going through, and make sure your rights are fully represented. The Torres Law Firm has many years of experience representing clients in family law matters, we can help you during this tough time.
Our lawyers are committed to getting to know our clients and providing them the personal service and legal counsel they deserve. For a consultation, please call our priority line at (361) 881-9500.
Our team of family-law specialists can help you navigate the complex divorce law. Our attorneys work tirelessly to achieve an equitable settlement agreement and, when necessary, vigorously argue your case in court.
We understand that divorce is one of the most difficult things our clients and their children will ever experience. We work to help our clients avoid feelings of frustration and helplessness by educating them about the divorce process. Before you and your spouse can get divorced, you will need to resolve several issues, which can happen through negotiation, mediation or litigation.
We can help you protect your rights and interests in the resolution of the following key issues:
- Property division
- Child custody and visitation
- Child support
Whether your divorce situation requires aggressive representation or a more harmonious approach, we will help you resolve everything as quickly and with as little drama as possible. If your case is uncontested, we may be able to expedite your divorce in a matter of weeks.
Ideally, divorcing couples can resolve disputed issues amicably and reach a settlement agreement that requires little more than a judge’s signature. Even if you are among those fortunate few, however, an attorney specializing in family law can review your agreement and protect your interests during an emotionally challenging time.
Modifications occur after the divorce process has completed. Often times parties will seek modifications of financial, custody, child support, alimony, or other terms that have been ordered by the court. A motion needs to be filed and the court needs to be shown that there has been a substantial change to a party’s financial circumstances. Child support, custody, and visitation are always modifiable.
Child Custody Battles
There are a few different types of custody. The living residence of a child refers to physical custody. Often parents are granted shared custody indicating the arrangement is close to a 50/50 time split. Legal custody grants decision-making authorities for the child. Sole custody is when one parent has both physical and legal custody of the child. Custody is always subject to modification by the court.
Child Support Issues
Child support is based on a formula. The formal uses both parties’ net incomes. Child support has three components. One is the actual weekly amount. The second is work related childcare and the third is uninsured medical expenses, which are apportioned between both parties. There are certain reasons why someone could be ordered to pay more or less than what the child support requires. For instance, if you have shared physical custody, the court could reduce your support payment if you are the payer. Another example is if you have significant assets available to you, the court could order you to pay more than what the guidelines’ presumptive amount is.
Adoptions & Terminations
Adoption and termination refer to establishing or terminating the legal parental rights of a child. Adoption is a process whereby a person assumes the parenting of another, usually a child, from that person's biological or legal parent or parents, and, in so doing, permanently transfers all rights and responsibilities, from the biological parent or parents. Terminations may be voluntary or involuntary and both require a court process. We can help in either situation.
Child Protective Services
If child protective services are trying to separate your family, please call us today. We have experience dealing with over aggressive agents of these services and can help you deal with the necessary legal proceedings to get your family back together.