YOUR TRUSTED AZLE FAMILY LAWYER PROTECTING YOUR FUTURE, YOUR CHILDREN, AND YOUR PROPERTY
Our mission at the Law Office of Ronda S Haynes, PLLC in Azle, Texas is to provide high quality, professional legal services to the North Texas community, at a price that is affordable to our clients and fair to our firm, and to treat every client with respect, and every matter with the diligence and attention it deserves, providing peace of mind and representation with honesty and integrity.
We understand that you have a choice when it comes to legal representation and you need to have confidence in the Family Attorney you hire. We strive to not only meet your expectations but to exceed them. We are honored to have the opportunity to give back to our local community and to serve clients in all of North Texas. We truly believe every client deserves quality legal representation. We stand behind every word of our mission statement. These are not simply words, but our commitment to ourselves, to our community, and to you, our client.
Confident and Compassionate Family Law Attorney
If you find yourself being brought into family court, you need to contact an experienced family law attorney to protect your rights. Our firm can handle matters such as child custody and visitation, child support, modifications, and adoptions. A divorce lawyer should be familiar with child custody laws, the process of filing for a divorce, determining child custody, joint custody situations, and can assist with parenting plans and other family law matters.
In an ideal world, every couple that marries will fulfill their vow “until death do us part”. Couples do not marry with the intent to divorce in the future. Although the divorce rate in Texas has declined over the past several years, the sad reality is that divorce still happens. Sometimes marriages end on friendly terms and the parties can work together to resolve the situation quickly and efficiently. Unfortunately, this is not the norm. Many couples fight over community property and child custody.
In any divorce where children are involved, the priority should be in the child’s best interest. When placing the focus on the children, parents are often better able to reach an agreement to bring the matter to a quicker resolution. Unfortunately, there are many cases where the parents enter into a child custody battle. An agreed custody agreement is not easy to establish. These situations require aggressive representation to protect your rights.
Hire an Experienced Divorce Attorney
Getting a divorce is never fun, and hiring a family law attorney is not either, but it is necessary. There are many aspects of divorce that can go wrong if you do not have a divorce attorney to protect your rights. A modification can sometimes be necessary to have an enforceable order. We have handled many situations where one party believes the Order stated one thing, when in actuality it did not. It is also important to hire a divorce attorney to ensure the Order is enforceable. When a Court’s Order is ambiguous, you cannot hold the other party accountable under the terms of the Order. This makes it very difficult when faced with filing an enforcement action.
Child custody is typically addressed within the divorce. However, there are times when the parents were never married. Under these circumstances, the parents may want court ordered visitation and child support so there is never a question in the future regarding their parental rights. This requires a SAPCR, or a Suit Affecting Parent-Child Relationship. A SAPCR will establish child custody, possession and access/visitation, and child support, including health insurance and dental insurance as required starting September 1, 2018. In most cases, the Texas Family Code sets forth a standard possession and visitation schedule which is appropriate.
There may also be situations where standard possession and visitation is not appropriate, and you may seek supervised visitation or nonstandard possessory periods. The Court will determine what is in the best interest of the child, so it is important to have concrete evidence as to why the visitation and possession is NOT in the best interest of the child. Absent proof, most Courts are reluctant to stray from the standards set forth in the Family Code.
Sometimes Court orders are in place and one party still restricts the other from exercising their visitation. The most common situation is when one parent is behind on child support payments and the other parent feels justified in withholding visitation. ONE DOES NOT DEPEND ON THE OTHER. Let me reiterate that point. Regardless of whether one parent is current on child support or not, that parent still has the right to see his or her children.
No matter the circumstances, it may be necessary to seek court intervention to enforce your visitation or there may be extenuating circumstances where visitation is no longer in the child’s best interest and a modification is necessary. We can assist in either situation.
Our firm also handles grandparent visitation. In Texas, grandparents do not have an automatic right to visit their grandchildren. As difficult and heartbreaking as the situation may be, if the grandparent(s) did not already have a relationship with the grandchild, and certain circumstances do not apply, then the Court will most likely not award visitation and access for a grandparent. Unfortunately, there is a presumption that a parent acts in the best interest of their child so restricting grandparent access is usually upheld.
Other areas our firm can assist with are adoptions and establishing paternity.
Regardless of the type of family law matter you are facing, it is important that you have an attorney that can handle these matters efficiently and effectively. Every Court case has the potential to be an emotional and financial nightmare. Having an attorney that can handle every situation is a necessity. So contact us today to protect not only your rights, but the rights of your children.