Legal Representation for Family Law Cases
Going through a divorce is probably the hardest life experiences any of us will go through. Engaging an attorney early in the process, whether you are filing a petition or answering one, is a good idea. An attorney can help to buffer controversies between the parties, lay out a strategy, and establish workable temporary orders until the divorce is final.
Alison’s prior experience in real estate is an added benefit to more complex property and settlement agreements.
Child custody disputes can arise during or after divorce, between couples who never married, same sex couples, and grandparents. Alison understands and appreciates that these controversies are emotionally charged. She can help to bring some compassion for the children in these cases so that the best interest of the child is the end result.
Child support is just as the name says: support for the CHILD. Whether you are the parent needing financial support for your child or the parent responsible for such support, Alison has the experience to craft an original order, modification, or enforcement to ensure your child gets what she needs. She has successfully represented non-custodial parents in reaching agreements with custodial parents and the Attorney General ensuring financial support of the children involved.
In Texas, grandparents have standing to file for custody if they have had at least six months of actual care, control, and possession of the child. Interestingly, a grandparent may be able to meet this burden even if the parent of the child lives in the same home with the grandparent and child! Grandparents may also have standing if they can show significant contact with the child AND the child's present circumstances would significantly impair the child's physical health or emotional development.
If the father of your child denies paternity in an effort to avoid paying child support, or if you are paying child support for a child that may not be yours, a paternity suit may be something to consider. Some of the rules have changed in Texas, so even if it’s been a few years, you may be able entitled to file a suit. Give our office a call to find out.
CPS System Legal Disputes
Having your child removed and taken into CPS custody is every parent’s worst nightmare. Whether you are the parent, grandparent, aunt, uncle, cousin, or family friend of a child in CPS care, early legal representation in the case may be the key to keeping your child in the family. Alison has experience as a court appointed guardian and ad litem for children, and as the attorney hired to represent parents fighting to get their children home. Alison’s unique experience will help you achieve the best outcome for your family.