Arlington, TX Family Law Attorney
Family law is a broad term that encompasses a lot of different areas of legal practice. When many people think of family law, they think of divorce and the negative connotations that come along with it. However, family law can also include happy events like adopting a child. As with most legal fields, the reality is more complex than the way it is portrayed in TV and movies.
At The Queenan Law Firm, P.C., our Arlington, TX family law attorneys have years of experience handling all sorts of family law matters, from divorce, to child custody, to adoptions. We have the skills to be cordial and cooperative but also to fight for your rights when necessary. Call us today at (817) 774-9627 for a free consultation.
Types of Arlington, TX Family Law Cases Our Firm Handles
Family law can mean a lot of different things for different people. There are many situations where you may not even realize how much assistance a family law attorney in Arlington, Texas can provide to you. Below, we detail some of the most common types of family law cases we handle at The Queenan Law Firm, P.C.
No one wants to think about divorce, but the reality is that many marriages are not built to last, or couples grow apart as the years go by. While divorce cases can often get very messy due to the personal nature of the issues involved, our experienced Arlington family law attorneys know how to handle things with as little drama as possible. We are experienced in the practice of mediation between couples to find a positive resolution and keep the case out of court.
Texas is a community property state, which means that any property acquired during the marriage (with a few exceptions) is split between each of the parties. Community property rules can be complex and an experienced team like the one at The Queenan Law Firm, P.C. can be extremely helpful in explaining the process to you in terms you can understand. If the mediation route is unsuccessful, we will aggressively argue your case in court and be sure that your side of the story is told.
Child Custody Cases
Child custody battles may result from the divorce of a previously married couple or may involve a couple who were never married but who had a child together. In Texas, child custody is known as “conservatorship” and there are two types of conservatorship: managing conservatorship and possessory conservatorship. Managing conservatorship gives the parent the ability to make basic life decisions involving the child including where they will go to school, what doctor they will see, and what extracurricular activities they will participate in. Managing conservatorship can be held by a single parent or jointly by both parents. Possessory conservatorship means that you only have the right to limited visitations with the child, usually on a schedule set by the courts.
Like most other states, the standard for determining who gets custody of the child in Texas is “the best interests of the child” standard, which is a very loose standard that can include the relationship between the parent and the child, where each parent lives, and each parent’s financial situation. Our Arlington TX family lawyers know how to make successful arguments that the best interests of the child will be served by you having a managing conservatorship, whether jointly with the other parent or on your own.
Child Support Cases
Generally, the parent who has the primary residence of the child is owed a certain amount of money in child support from the other parent. This amount is calculated based on each parent’s income and the number of children involved. Although this is typically a straightforward calculation, it can sometimes get tricky if one parent is between jobs or working part-time, if the child has special needs, or if the child works part-time.
At The Queenan Law Firm, P.C., our attorneys can help you fight to receive the child support you are owed if you are the parent with the child’s primary residence. Conversely, if you are the parent who owes child support, we can fight to ensure that you are not being made to pay more than you owe or more than you can afford.
Adoptions are a happy event in the life of a family, but they can be very stressful as well due to the amount of bureaucracy involved. How the adoption process plays out will depend on whether you adopt through the government, an agency, or a private agreement. Our firm has experience with all three and can help guide you through the process from the moment it begins until your new child is with you in their permanent home.
Prenuptial and Postnuptial Agreements
Bringing up the subject of a prenuptial agreement can be awkward, but considering than a large amount of marriages end in contentious divorces, it is important to protect your money. This is especially true in a community property state like Texas. We can help you write up an air-tight contract so that all your assets are protected in the event of a marriage dissolution. We can also help with post-nuptial agreements if you married without a prenup.
These are just some of the types of cases our firm handles. We also handle domestic violence issues, emancipation, paternity actions, and wills and estates, among many other actions.
If You Are in Need of a Family Law Attorney in Arlington, TX, Call Queenan Law Today
Family law contains some of the trickiest and most complex areas of the law in Texas. In addition, it often involves personal, emotional issues such that it is hard for the parties involved to see clearly how the matter needs to be handled. At The Queenan Law Firm, P.C., our Arlington, TX family law attorneys have years of experience fighting for our clients’ family law matters in and out of the courtroom. We will get you through this process as painlessly as possible. Call us today at (817) 774-9627 for a free consultation.