Divorce Attorney With Attention To Detail
What sets me apart from many other lawyers is my attention to detail. As your lawyer, I will thoroughly research and analyze your case. I will never enter a courtroom or a settlement conference unless I am prepared legally, factually and strategically.
Some people in Texas still think that their spouse has to grant them a divorce. However, under the current no-fault system, you can get a divorce based on “insupportability” (known as “irreconcilable differences” elsewhere) without needing permission or approval from your spouse. This doesn’t mean that divorce will be easy. Your spouse or their lawyer can still put roadblocks in your way and make unreasonable demands. Call my office, if you have questions about divorce.
Texas Child Custody Issues
Although there are exceptions, it is the policy of Texas that both parents will remain involved in their children’s lives following divorce. However, one parent may have the right to determine the children’s primary residence, and the children will most likely spend the majority of the time with that parent. Call my office if you have questions about child custody.
Parenting Plans And The Collaborative Process
Texas provides a fair amount of latitude for parents to devise and create their own parenting plan. I work with my clients during the collaborative law process in order to ensure their rights and interests are protected in the course of developing a parenting plan that is mutually agreeable to the parties involved.
Child Support And Statutory Guidelines
In Texas, child support is determined by the statutory guidelines contained in the family law code. However, there are circumstances when the family law judge can order the parent without primary residential custody to pay a higher or lower amount than the guidelines. Call my office if you have questions about child support.
Property Division And Divorce
Texas is a community property state. This means that most of the property accumulated by you and your spouse during your marriage belongs to both of you, regardless of who earned it. It also means that debts are owed by both you and your spouse, regardless of who incurred the debt. Property owned prior to your marriage, as well as gifts and inheritances received during your marriage, are separate property and do not have to be divided with your spouse if you divorce. Call my office if you have questions about community property division.
Modification Of Custody Or Support
In Texas, child custody and child support orders can be modified if there is a material and substantial change in circumstances after divorce. Exactly what constitutes a “material and substantial change” is determined by Texas code and case law. Call my office if you have questions about modification of custody or support.
Relocation Of A Child Following Divorce
For an increasing number of divorced families, parental relocation is becoming a contentious issue both during and after divorce. When a parent with primary residential custody wishes to relocate to another state or country with the child or children, there is very little room to compromise with the other parent. For this reason, most relocation is decided by a judge in family law court rather than by negotiation. Call my office if you have questions about parental relocation.
Collaborative Law And Divorce
Collaborative law is an alternative to the traditional litigated divorce in Texas. It gives the two parties an opportunity to achieve a negotiated settlement to issues such as property division, child custody and visitation in divorce. Call my office if you have questions about collaborative law.
Stepparent Adoptions And Grandparent Adoptions
Adopting a stepchild or grandchild is a relatively straightforward process in Texas. I can review your situation, explain what is involved in terminating a biological parent’s parental rights, and initiate the legal process for establishing your fitness as a parent. I will prepare all necessary information and file all related paperwork needed to adopt your stepchild or grandchild.
Family Law Mediation
Couples who are willing to enter into family law mediation can achieve a divorce settlement that is in everyone’s best financial and legal interest. Additionally, mediation places you in charge of the terms of your divorce, instead of going to court and having a judge decide what terms to impose on you. As your divorce attorney, I help protect your interests while helping you avoid emotional issues that can derail negotiations and cloud one’s judgment.
Prenuptial And Postnuptial Agreements
There are many reasons why you may want to have a prenuptial agreement. If you have significant assets such as a family business or vacation home, you may want to protect those assets in the event of divorce. If you are entering into a second marriage, you may want to protect the property rights of children from your first marriage. Whatever your reason, prenuptial agreements are respected by Texas courts if they are properly drafted. Call my office if you have questions about prenuptial and postnuptial agreements.
Once paternity is confirmed, a mother can demand child support from a child’s father while a father can establish parenting time rights. My office can prepare all necessary paperwork to request a DNA test to establish paternity and petition the court to order child support or visitation rights afterward.
Wills And Estate Planning
Many people put off creating an estate plan because they do not like to think about death. However, an estate plan is more than a document that determines how your assets will be distributed after you die. It also can be used to protect your assets and your family members while you are living. Call my office if you have questions about wills and estate planning.
Contact My Austin Law Firm
My law firm focuses upon results. Contact Gregory Hitt for a personal consultation about your family issue by calling 512-774-6696. My Austin office is located at S. Capital of Texas Highway (South Loop 360) just north of Westbank Dr. in the Westlake area