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Family Law

One of the most contentious and sensitive sects of law is family law as these cases often involve people who are experiencing high-charged emotions. Family matters can be complicated and when the courts are involved these disputes are sometimes both emotionally trying and expensive. That is why it’s highly recommended you secure legal representation from an experienced family law attorney. A skilled family lawyer can assess the situation and determine what the next best action is to preserve your interests.

Horak Law handles all types of family law matters including divorce, child custody, support modifications, paternity, amongst many others. He’s successfully handled all degrees of family law disputes ranging from a simple uncontested divorce to a highly contentious paternity action. To speak to qualified Houston family lawyer Matthew Horak, call our offices today at (713) 225-8000.

Houston Family Law Attorney, TX | Harris County

If you are struggling with a family law dispute and require legal counsel, call Horak Law. Matthew Horak works with family law clients throughout the greater Houston area including Harris County, Montgomery County, Liberty County, Galveston County, Fort Bend County, and Brazoria County. With his experience, resources, and skills, you can rest assured your case is in the most capable hands possible.

At Horak Law, Houston divorce lawyer Matthew Horak has extensive knowledge of family law procedures and applies a unique approach to every client’s case. Learn more about his practice and your legal options today by calling his office at (713) 225-8000 or submitting an online contact form today. Horak Law has several offices in both the city of Houston and The Woodlands, TX.

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What Does a Family Law Attorney Do?

An attorney with a focus in family law legally represents individuals and families in domestic disputes including dissolution of marriage, child support, support modifications, etc. Family lawyers can act as mediators and they can also represent litigants in family conflicts that end up in court. Their work is incredibly varied from case to case, but they essentially help individuals and families handle domestic matters by providing excellent legal representation.

While you may think a family lawyer is not for you, you may want to think again. Even simple proceedings such as a uncontested divorce often involve a mountain of paperwork as well as filing requirements that must be completed or the legal action will be void. A skilled Texas family law attorney will know how to interpret the State’s intricate laws that applies to your situation. They can handle all the paperwork and ensure all filing obligations are met.

Most importantly, without an attorney you could be at a significant disadvantage. The other party of any contested family law matter will likely have legal representation secured already. Due to this, they will have more time to dedicate to the case, resources available, and will have a much better understanding of the possible outcomes that come from a proceeding. Having a skilled family law attorney on your side will ensure you have the tools and knowledge needed to secure your interests and protect/preserve your family.

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Types of Family Law Cases

  • Divorce – One of the most common family law disputes is when two parties wish to dissolve their marriage also known as the dissolution of a marriage contract or divorce. In order to divorce, one party must legally petition at least one person inside the marriage and both parties must agree on the terms of divorce in order for it to be uncontested. If the parties disagree on a major component of the marriage contract such as property division or support, then the divorce is contested.
  • Child Custody – When two people divorce and have shared minor children, they must have a parenting plan that includes child custody. Many family law disputes involve determining who the principal legal guardian of the child or children is after divorce.
  • Prenuptial / Postnuptial Agreements – Pre-martial agreements are a legal contract between a bride and groom prior to marriage. These agreements often involve the division of property, child custody, support court orders, or anything else that would be included in a divorce decree.
  • Spousal Maintenance – Spousal support is an agreement between the two divorced parties that state one person will pay the other an allowance essentially post-marriage. The allowance or support is determined by the situation and if the parent requesting payment meets a certain criterion.
  • Paternity – When a proposed father of a child requests rights it’s known as paternity action. The suspected father of the child may have to undergo a DNA test to prove their relation to the child and claim paternity rights.
  • Non-Martial Relationships – While it may not be a marriage, many people in non-martial relationships need a lawyer if they split after a significant amount of time. It’s common for people in these types of relationships to have accumulated wealth and assets together over time, so division can be difficult. An attorney can assist with negotiations and ensure the client understands their rights.

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Additional Resources

Texas Juvenile Court Department – One of the biggest sub-sections of the family code of Texas is the section about the juvenile court system. The Texas Juvenile Court is important as it concerns all children’s legal issues, and because it’s an entirely separate process from that of a regular adult court. This webpage is the online face of the Texas Juvenile court. In it, you will find the objectives for the Texas juvenile court, and the explanation for how Texas differs in their juvenile process from other states.

Texas Department of Family and Protective Services – The motto of the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services mostly stands for the safety and health of families and children inside Texas. Their webpage contains all kinds of resources involving family law aspects, including the newest programs and laws for the function of Texan children and families.

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Divorce and Family Lawyer, Houston TX | Harris County Family Law Firm

If you are filing a case for divorce, petitioning for child custody, seeking support, or any other family law matter, call Horak Law. Matthew Horak and his legal team understand how serious these matters are and that you need logical guidance during this complicated time. He can provide the emotional and legal advice you need to protect your family unit today. Call Horak Law at (713) 225-8000 or submit an online contact form to learn your options in either Houston or The Woodlands, TX.

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