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Helping you navigate child custody disputes

Divorce is already a difficult and life-changing event; however, when children are in the mix, this process will likely directly impact everyone involved. It is clear that both parents want what is best for their children, but it is difficult to reach a resolution that also considers the parental rights and needs of each parent. This is why child custody disputes often evolve, making it an often lengthy and emotional process to reach a final agreement.

Divorce does not have to destroy your business

If you are married and own a business, did you know that if you dissolve your marriage your spouse may be entitled to half of your company? As Texas is a community property state, the law assumes you and your spouse each own 50 percent of all marital assets if you get a divorce. So, unless you take the steps necessary to protect your company, you may need to prepare yourself for the worst.

Choosing the right divorce lawyer can be critical

The end of a marriage is one of the most stressful and confusing times a person can go through. Feelings of grief, depression and fear are often supplanted by anger and bitterness. A person going through these conflicting emotions is often intimidated by the legal process. That's why it's a good idea to have a divorce attorney at one's side who can help make the difficult decisions.At the Dallas law firm of Katie L. Lewis, P.C. Family Law, we understand what our clients are going through, and we are committed to listening to them and fighting for their rights.

Gathering records before meeting with a divorce lawyer

Dallas-Fort Worth area residents who are headed for divorce often wonder what records they should bring to their first meeting with a divorce lawyer. In many cases, the lawyer's office will indicate when the client calls to set up the first meeting what documents the client should bring. This post is simply an overview of what an attorney may want to see at the first meeting or soon thereafter.

How do I work out a visitation schedule?

After the courts have determined child custody during a divorce, depending on the custody situation, you will likely need to develop a visitation schedule with the other parent. The courts very much prefer that both parents work together to develop a fair and reasonable schedule that is mutually agreed upon.

What types of child custody are available?

If you are in the process of a divorce and there are children involved, you will need to discuss child custody with your soon to be ex-spouse. Considering the love each parent has for their child or children, this is often one of the most heated and contested decisions to be made. Depending on the future living situation of each spouse, there are several options available when it comes to child custody.

The benefits of prenuptial agreements

One of the many services our family law attorney, who is certified by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization, offers her Dallas area clients is advice and assistance with drafting prenuptial agreements. For those who are not married, similar agreements, called "partition/exchange" agreements are available. Texas couples that are already married are allowed to sign enforceable "postmarital agreements," which have the same effect as prenuptial agreements but for their timing.

How is the family home split in a divorce?

When a married couple divorces, they must divide their marital property according to state law. Texas law uses the community property system, where all property acquired by either partner during the marriage becomes part of the community property of the marriage, with a few types of exceptions. This means that just about everything the couple owned together during the marriage must be divided according to state law. Community property can include bank accounts, investment accounts, automobiles and just about any other type of asset.

The significance of determining paternity

Establishing paternity is important for fathers, children and families. When a couple is married at the time of child's birth, the paternity of the child is presumed. While the husband is assumed to be the father of the child if the couple is married when the child is born, there is no similar presumption of paternity if the parents are unmarried. It is important for unmarried couples to establish paternity of a child for a variety of reasons and it may be necessary for married couples to challenge the paternity of a child.

What are the grounds for divorce in Texas?

Texans who are considering the end of their marriage might have ideas as to what it entails, but not be completely sure regarding the law of divorce decrees. For example, the state has certain grounds for divorce that must be met to move forward with the process. In short, there must be a reason or reasons for the divorce to happen. Understanding this can assist in making the decision and smooth the process. While the reasons for the divorce are relatively flexible to meet, it is still wise to know them when determining whether the marriage can be salvaged through divorce mediation or ending the union is preferable.