Family Law Issues
Divorce, Property Division, Child Custody, Child Support & Spousal Support
Family law issues can have devastating financial and emotional impacts on you and your family. Jack Robinson is committed to working with you to find solutions to any or all of these family law issues. Together, we will create a way to reduce and control the impact of these family law issues on you and your family.
Jack Robinson’s goal is always to provide his client with the best service when they need a divorce and family law lawyer in Rockwall, Texas. He also serves clients who need a divorce or family law lawyer in Dallas, Kaufman, Hunt and Collin Counties.
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When a divorce is necessary, your attorney will file the divorce petition. The petition contains certain basic information about the parties, the grounds for the divorce and identifies issues the court needs to address.
Many unpredictable twists and turns can happen between the start and end of divorce proceedings. Examples of unpredictable twists and turns include:
- Custody problems
- Finding out about debts you did not know about
- Spouse admits having affair
- No assets to support yourself
- Division of property and debt
These unpredictable twists and turns can make a mess of the expectations about your divorce. A skilled divorce lawyer experienced in dealing with these unpredictable twists and turns can prevent the worst problems and ensure that your divorce goes as smoothly as possible.
Depending on the circumstances, there are a variety of issues that must be addressed in a divorce. The most common and potentially painful issues include property division, child custody, child support, & spousal support.
Divorce And Separation CheckList
- Engage an attorney immediately.
- In case of domestic violence, call the police and get to safety.
- If you have children, get a temporary injunction against taking the children out of the state.
- Do not allow your spouse to take the children and leave.
- Move your personal papers and records to a safe location, such as a safe deposit box.
- Cancel all jointly-owned credit cards and safeguard all jointly-owned bank accounts.
- Make a record of all marital property, take pictures where possible and store in a safe location.
- Secure your valuable personal property; inventory and safeguard all stored property.
Read our blog if you on Jack’s most common questions on getting a Texas divorce . This post will help familiarize yourself with the process and what you can expect to happen at each stage. We are confident you will find it useful and helpful if you are facing a divorce.
Regardless of your finances or circumstances, every divorce has one topic in common: dividing property and debt. Dividing property and debt can be very difficult and unpredictable. Use an experienced and skilled lawyer like Jack Robinson to address issues involving division of property and debt. Getting that kind of help will simplify the resolution of these issues. Need some additional information about property division? Read our blog on Dividing Property In A Texas Divorce Fairly
Child custody issues have the greatest potential for unpredictable twists and turns. These uncertainties can make a mess of your expectations about custody and rights to your children after a divorce. The good news is that old “rule” that mom always gets primary custody is no longer the “rule.” Jack Robinson has helps many fathers win primary or 50/50 custody. A father with a deep and heartfelt goal to have primary or 50/50 custody of his children can achieve that goal. Need some additional information about how Texas fathers can get primary custody of their children? Read our blog on how Texas fathers can get primary custody if their children.
Child custody fights are truly “war.” As in any war, the party with the best strategy will likely win. Jack Robinson knows what works and what doesn’t in a child custody fight. Concerned about an upcoming child custody dispute? Consult right now with an experienced father’s rights attorney like Jack Robinson. He will help you create the best strategy to make sure you accomplish your goals. Whether you desire to primary custody or 50/50 custody of your children, Jack Robinson will provide the best guidance in Rockwall, Texas and surrounding counties.
Learn what to do to get ready for a custody battle by reading our blog on how to get ready for that fight.
If there are children involved in your family law matter, child support will be an issue that must be dealt with. You will either be paying or receiving child support.
Typically, child support is calculated using the formula found in the Texas Family Code. Read this section of the Texas Family Code to get an idea on how the formula works.
In Texas, the calculations are based the parents’ income and the number of children involved. A the Texas Family Code formula exists is to promote predictability in how much a person will pay for child support.
While child support calculations are done using a formula, other factors can be taken into consideration. Examples of these factors include:
- The age and needs of the child;
- The child’s educational expenses beyond secondary school;
- Payment of health insurance or uninsured medical expenses for the child;
- Extraordinary educational, healthcare or other expenses of the parents or the child
- Whether either parent has managing conservatorship or possession of another child;
- Each party’s period of possession of and access to the child;
- Travel costs for exercising possession of and access to the child;
- Child care expenses;
- Each parent’s respective ability to contribute to the child’s support;
- Debts assumed by either parent;
- The net resources of the parent receiving child support; or
- The amount of spousal maintenance paid or received by a parent.
These factors, properly developed and presented, can adjust the amount of child support paid up or down. A skilled lawyer like Jack Robinson knows what these factors are and how to develop and present the evidence. He always works with his client to make sure the child support being paid or received is a just and fair amount.
Need more information on calculating Texas child support, read Jack’s blog post on this topic
Spousal support is ordered to serve as a gap-filler between the amount of necessary monthly expenses the nonpaying spouse has and the income available to that person. How does this happen? When a couple divorces, there are now two homes where only one existed before. If a spouse lacks sufficient resources to pay for their new home and the other spouse has enough resources to pay extra, it is likely that the spouse with the ability to pay extra will be ordered to pay spousal support. The support period ranges from the time that the divorce is pending and can last for months or years after the divorce has been granted.
Financial Support Questions
The thought of providing financial support to their spouse during or after the divorce is over is not something most people want to do. In Texas, determining whether spousal support will be paid requires the answer a couple of questions. These questions include:
- Is the spouse eligible for support?
- If spouse if eligible for support, how much support should they receive?
- If spouse if eligible for support, how long should they receive the support?
The answers to these questions are not straight forward. There are many factors that must be considered and analyzed before the court can decide the answers to these questions. An experienced lawyer like Jack Robinson knows what these factors are and takes them into consideration to develop evidence for your case. He works closely with his client to make sure that spousal support is fair. Whether support is to be paid or received, Jack will use his expertise to ensure the amount and the length of time is just and fair to both parties.
Have more questions about what spousal support is and how it is calculated? Read Jack’s post on how spousal support is determined to get the answers you need.
Should you be involved in a divorce or other type of family law case, make sure you use an experienced and skilled lawyer like Jack Robinson. Jack can help you identify and negotiate the issues specific to your divorce. Call Jack immediately for an initial consultation.