Family Law Attorneys in Beaumont
Bringing Over 50 Years of Experience to Your Side
Legal disputes regarding family and domestic relations can be very stressful. Divorce, child support, custody, visitation, modification, and enforcement affect the lives of many families. For over 50 years, the attorneys at Packard & Packard, PLLC have represented Texans on family law matters such as these.
Let us help you through these issues. We will listen to you, discuss your options, and work toward a solution that is favorable to you. Call (409) 858-0984 or complete an online form for a consultation with a Beaumont family law attorney.
Considering Divorce? Call Beaumont Divorce Lawyers at (409) 858-0984
When filing for a divorce in Texas, many people quickly become aware of how complicated the process can be. Establishing child custody, analyzing and distributing assets, changing names, and determining child support can quickly become overwhelming. These issues can cause a lot of worry and fear. We will guide you through these issues with knowledge and experience. Let us help you protect your rights and interests as well as provide stability for your children.
We can help answer some of your questions such as:
- What are the grounds for filing divorce?
- Types of divorce in Texas
- What is the waiting period?
- Who gets what in divorce?
- How is debt divided in a divorce?
What Are the Grounds for Filing for Divorce in Texas?
Texas has no-fault and fault divorces. Even if you are filing for a no-fault divorce, you must still show the court why the divorce should be granted.
Common grounds for divorce in Texas include:
- Insupportability -- This means the marriage is no longer tolerable. There must be proof of how the marriage has become insupportable given and no expectation of the two parties getting back together.
- Living Apart -- If the couple has been living apart for at least 3 years, a divorce may be granted.
- Confinement in a Mental Hospital -- If a spouse has been confined in a mental hospital for at least 3 years and the mental disorder is at a degree that they are not likely to adjust, then the court may grant a divorce.
- Abandonment -- This is applicable if one spouse has left for at least 1 year.
Parental Rights in Texas
Under Texas law, in a divorce, parents have equal rights. Historically, child custody was awarded based on the parent’s gender. Today, many factors are taken into consideration regarding child custody.
How Do Parental Rights Work for Unmarried Parents in Texas?
In the case that an unmarried couple is separating, the mother has automatic custody rights of the child (or children) while the unmarried father's rights are limited. He must take legal steps in order to have rights over any children. Paternity must be established and he (or both parents) must submit a court order to establish custody rights. In the event that the mother of the child is not cooperating, he may get legal help in submitting the court order.
At Packard & Packard, PLLC we investigate and seek out the evidence on the children’s situation and we marshal that evidence to best protect your children’s interest.
Resolving child custody issues can be one of the most daunting aspects of family law. We will spend time getting to know you, evaluating your goals, and putting you on the best path for your children. Knowing your situation and your goals, we will fight for you so that your children’s interests are best protected. Having exceptional legal representation during a child custody dispute will help you achieve your goals regarding your children.
Child support is one of the most disputed issues when it comes to divorce or child custody. While there are guidelines to help determine child support amounts, there are situations which may give rise to additional support. We will discuss these issues with you and explain how they apply to your situation, and we will advocate for you through this process.
Life happens. When circumstances change relating to child support, custody, and visitation, the court’s orders may need to be changed. If this happens, you will need experienced legal representation to argue for the most appropriate modifications. Some situations that may require a modification of the court’s order include:
- Abuse, both physical and sexual
- Substance abuse
- Domestic violence
- Inadequate parenting
Unfortunately, some parents fail to live up to their obligations. One parent may stop making child support payments, or the other parent may refuse to provide access to the children. While a parent cannot legally withhold visitation due to missed child support payments, or vice versa, a non-complying parent can be held responsible for failing to honor the court’s orders. Frequently, an enforcement action will need to be brought in order to motivate an offending parent to follow the court’s order. Enforcement could involve modification, contempt, or even jail.
If you or a family member have been a victim of family violence, it is important that you contact a family law attorney right away. There are remedies available to victims of domestic violence including restraining orders or even protective orders. Our team has the experience and knowledge base to help you with these measures.
Contact Packard & Packard, PLLC to schedule your initial consultation.