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Family Law Archives

What happens in family court?

If you need to go to family court, you may have several questions ahead of time. Should we have a family meeting about it? Should I not talk to my family about it? What is covered in family court anyway? When it comes to legal matters, the best advice you can have is from an attorney representing your interests.

Filing an appeal after a child custody decision

Some Texas parents may feel that the court in their child custody case ruled in an unfair manner. They may worry that the other parent poses a risk to the child or feel unjustly excluded from their child's life. Parents have the right to appeal child custody orders, although the timing and circumstances for an appeal may vary, and it may be better in some cases to file for a modification instead. In general, custody cases can be appealed once a final order has been issued and is in place.

Records hidden no longer: open adoption in Texas

Prior to the 1970s, it was common for most adoption records to remain hidden from the public eye, preventing any contact between birth parents and adopted children. The assumption was that this would provide adopted children with a concrete sense of security and belonging to a single family unit while providing birth parents with a sense of closure to move on with their lives. However, the assumption did not always reflect reality. As a potential adoptive parent in Texas, you now have the opportunity of participating in either an open adoption or closed adoption. Because this decision has long-term ramifications, we at the Law Office of Roland R. Esparza believe it is important for you to learn as much as you can about open adoption. That way, you can make an informed decision. 

The benefits of joint-custody

Going through a divorce can be daunting, especially when there are kids involved. Determining what type of custody arrangement will be in the best interest of the children may seem overwhelming. Traditionally, the courts place the child in the sole-custody of the primary caretaker. Yet, studies show the importance of having both parents involved in the child’s life and how a joint-custody arrangement may be best for a child’s development.

Potential consequences of sharing divorce details on social media

At the Law Office of Roland R. Esparza, P.C., we understand social media. There is some satisfaction to be had in sharing an opinion on Twitter, posting an inspiring photo on Instagram or updating your status on Facebook. However, not all things are meant to be shared publicly, especially the details of your divorce. Before you head to Facebook for solace, you and other Texas residents should understand what might happen if you overshare about your legal proceedings.

How can I choose the right guardian for my child?

Among the many important tasks a will can accomplish, selecting a guardian for your minor child is perhaps the most vital. While the topic can be unpleasant to consider, failure to put your wishes in writing will result in the court making a decision on your behalf. To help you through the tough selection process, Forbes recommends the following advice.