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The laws relating to families have changed in past decades as judges and legislators have reconsidered and revised the legal issues involved in divorce, child custody, child support, domestic violence and other family law matters. Few legal areas are as emotionally charged as family law and even with previous changes, family law remains a controversial and ever-changing area of law, which will continue to evolve as families and society evolve.

The Houston family law attorneys of Conner & Lindamood draw on over three decades of litigation, mediation and collaborative legal experience to provide clients in Texas with high-quality and cost-effective guidance and representation across a full range of family law matters:

  • Divorce, including representation at temporary hearings to determine how bills get paid and who lives in the family home while the divorce is pending
  • Separation and divorce planning to ensure that decisions made in haste do not affect the outcome of your case if or when you file for divorce
  • Issues of property discovery and division, specifically accurate valuation of all marital assets, property and business interests
  • Family violence and protective orders to address alleged domestic abuse, spousal assault and child abuse
  • Property settlements to establish a fair and equitable property division in divorce
  • Complex marital estates requiring significant experience and resources in order to perform a fair and accurate valuation and division of property and assets
  • Uncovering hidden assets that should rightfully be subject to property division
  • Asset protection strategies to identify and preserve separate property in a divorce
  • Investment and retirement accounts, specifically if and to what degree these assets are subject to division in divorce
  • Alimony and spousal maintenance both during the course of a divorce and continuing afterward
  • Child custody, child support and visitation agreements and complex issues requiring creative solutions
  • Relocation and move-away cases involving changes to visitation or custody when a parent moves out of state or out of the country
  • Grandparents’ rights regarding visitation and custody
  • Paternity suits to establish parental rights or to defend against false allegations
  • Custody and support modification in cases where the basic fairness of the original court order is in question because circumstances have changed substantially

The Houston family law attorneys of Conner & Lindamood employ three proven methods to resolve disputes in any of these areas of practice:

  • Mediation to negotiate a fair and reasonable agreement
  • Litigation to protect our clients’ rights in court

The division of marital property has also changed in recent years to give each spouse an equitable share of property upon divorce. One change that displays this trend is the recognition of the homemaker spouse’s contributions to the growth of marital property. Along the same lines, homemaker spouses are not considered as dependent as they once were, and as a result, alimony is now often temporary, with the thought that after a period of “rehabilitation” these spouses can become self-supporting.

Issues such as child custody have also advanced in the courts as cultural and societal attitudes have changed. Mothers may have been favored in many custody disputes of the past, but fathers are given much more consideration than in the past. Custody battles, while always difficult and emotional, have become even more complicated as reproductive technology has increased the ways in which people can become parents. Family law lawyers and judges are faced with new, difficult and sensitive questions such as who gets custody of fertilized embryos when a couple that was involved in infertility/assisted-reproduction treatments separates. Surrogate parenting also presents custody issues when the surrogate fails to abide by the surrogacy contract or wants visitation with the child. Equally difficult issues can arise when sperm or egg donors make some claim to their genetic offspring. These issues involve questions relating not only to custody laws, but also to those involving adoption, children’s rights and paternity. And as technology advances, the law will be presented with an even greater challenge to keep pace.

Another major change in family law in recent years is the recognition that many family disputes can be resolved through alternative dispute methods, such as mediation, as opposed to the traditional litigation process. As a result, many states have begun to explore other, non-adversarial alternatives, such as mandatory mediation in family law cases, which can save time and money and help maintain relationships.

Contact our Houston Family Law Attorneys Today

To discuss your case in a completely confidential conversation with a nationally and internationally recognized Houston family law attorney at one of Texas’ premier divorce family law firms, please call us in Houston at 713-489-2551. You may also email one of our partners directly. We also provide legal representation in Galveston County, Brazoria County, and Fort Bend County. To contact us outside the greater Houston area, call 800-804-9984.

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