FAQ's regarding: What is "family" law and who needs a family law attorney?

This article is a rerun from several years ago in which readers had a particular interest.

Individuals who might require the services of an attorney that practices family law include husbands, wives, children, grandparents, guardians, and domestic partners.

"Family" law is an area of the law that deals with family-related matters and domestic relations, including, but not limited to the following matters:

Divorce planning and Divorces - It is not uncommon for an individual who is contemplating divorce to consult with me on one or more occasions, in advance of filing for divorce, regarding what the divorce laws are in Texas relating to:

  • property division
  • custody issues
  • possession and access to children (i.e.visitation)
  • child support; and
  • alimony (both temporary and permanent).
  • Modifications – A court has the power to modify terms of a Divorce Decree or Final Judgment in a lawsuit referred to as a Modification in a Suit Affecting the Parent-Child Relationship (aka SAPCR case) relating to:
  • conservatorship (custody)
  • possession and access (visitation); and
  • child support (including an order for health care coverage).
  • Contractual matters involving family law – The following are contractual matters for which you might seek the advice of a family lawyer:
  • premarital agreements and marital property agreements.
  • Protective orders - Protective orders can be obtained in cases where domestic violence is an issue.
  • Other Family law matters – A family law attorney can also give you advice about:
  • common law marriages
  • annulments
  • adoptions
  • paternity matters (rights of parents, conservatorship, visitation to a baby, child support, retroactive child support, payment for prenatal, postnatal and labor and delivery costs.