FAQ’s Regarding: What is “Family” Law and Who Needs a Family Law Attorney?

By Nancy L. Rommelmann PLLC | Family Law Attorney

And remember to vote for the family law judges in the upcoming election.

Individuals who might require the services of an attorney who practices family law include husbands, wives, children, grandparents, guardians and domestic partners.

“Family” law is an area of the law that deals with family-related matters and domestic relations, including, but not limited to the following matters:

Divorce Planning and Divorces
It is not uncommon for an individual who is contemplating divorce to consult with me on one or more occasions, in advance of filing for divorce, regarding what the divorce laws are in Texas relating to:

Property division
Custody issues
Possession and access to children (i.e.visitation)
Child support
Alimony (both temporary and permanent)

A court has the power to modify terms of a Divorce Decree or Final Judgment in a lawsuit referred to as a Modification in a Suit Affecting the Parent-Child Relationship (aka SAPCR case) relating to:

Conservatorship (custody)
Possession and access (visitation)
Child support (including an order for health  care coverage)

Contractual Matters Involving Family Law
The following are contractual matters for which you might seek the advice of a family lawyer:

Premarital agreements
Marital property agreements

Protective Orders
Protective orders can be obtained in cases where domestic violence is an issue.

Other Family Law Matters
A family law attorney can also give you advice about:

Common law marriages
Paternity matters (rights of parents, conservatorship, visitation of a baby, child support, retroactive child support, payment for prenatal, postnatal and labor and delivery costs.

Important! Texas will hold general elections for local judicial offices on November 6th, 2018, which will of course include the family law judges. Straight party voting can be a poor practice when it comes to electing judges. Please educate yourself about the judges, their experience and time on the bench. A person never knows when they might be in a family law court – husbands, wives, children, grandparents, guardians and domestic partners. The community needs experienced judges that follow the law. Thank you!