If you’re looking for an experienced family law attorney in Austin, Texas, SSJM Family Law is here to help. Abraham Kant Esquire is equipped to handle any family law related matter, from divorce and child custody to the enforcement of court orders and other complex issues. We are here to protect what matters most to you. Contact us today to schedule your free initial consultation.
Family law is a broad area of law, and it includes a spectrum of cases. Some areas of practice for family law in Austin, TX include:
A divorce is a court proceeding that dissolves a marriage, and an annulment is a court proceeding that says the marriage never legally existed – be it for fraud, incest, polygamy, or coercion, among other reasons. An experienced attorney can discuss your personal case to ascertain which type of proceeding would be best for you.
When a couple, single adult, or a family member would like to become the legal guardian of a child or an incapacitated adult, they must get the approval of the court. Though having an attorney isn’t a requirement, their legal advice can be invaluable in helping families understand their rights and obligations throughout the adoption process, while navigating the complex steps involved in successfully completing an adoption.
After a divorce or annulment, one spouse may not have the means to support him or herself without the support of the other spouse. In these cases, the courts may award spousal support, also called alimony, that one spouse pays to the other. In some cases, this award is for a brief time, and, in others, it could be for years. The award amount depends on many factors including the length of the marriage, the earning potential of both spouses, and their ages. In Texas courts, spousal support, or alimony, is called spousal maintenance or contractual alimony.
Legally, a guardian is someone the courts appoint to take care of another person who can’t take care of him or herself. Legal guardians are responsible for their charges’, (or wards) well-being, property, and personal interests. Usually, guardianships become necessary when parents are no longer able to take care of their children or when an adult becomes incapacitated and can’t fully take care of his or herself.
Child custody and support can be very complicated, and both parties may feel strongly about arrangements and support for their children. In divorce cases with children, the divorcing parents can agree together on these arrangements, or a judge can dictate what is in the best interests of the children.
When delegates of the State of Texas investigate parents and guardians for neglecting or abusing children in their care, it becomes an issue of state child protection. When someone outside the immediate family (like a school teacher, another family member, or neighbor) suspect abuse or neglect, they may seek help with Texas’ child protection agency. A lawyer is an asset on both sides of such investigations to ensure fairness to the parties and safety for the children.
Each of these areas of family law can be complicated, especially with circumstances unique to your situation, so you need someone who understands the particulars of Texas family law when dealing with family court matters. Austin Family Court in Travis County has a wealth of information to help people looking for guidance during some of the most important transitions of their lives. Despite the information available from the court, much of it is complicated; people looking for help in family law in Texas should trust the experience of Abraham Kant at SSJM Family Law.