Family Law Attorney Houston
Modern families face many legal challenges when it comes to long-term relationships, children, shared property, and separation. At Adair Myers Stevenson Yagi, we help families from all walks of life, across Houston, navigate complex Texas family law issues.
When you’re involved in a legal matter with your family, we understand these situations can be particularly sensitive. Our attorneys understand that your personal relationships will be impacted by the actions we take, and we consider this in every family law matter we take on.
Family Law Lawyers
There are numerous situations where seeking the advice of a family law attorney can prove quite valuable. Because Texas family law statutes can be confusing, our attorneys can interpret the law as it applies to your specific situation. Additionally, our legal team has significant experience working with Houston business owners, and can assist you with prenuptial agreements and postnuptial agreements that contemplate significant business assets.
Our attorneys also have experience guiding prospective guardians, wards, and their families through the guardianship process, including the creation of management trusts.
One of the main reasons to consult a family law attorney is because of our familiarity with the family court system and the applicable laws and rules. Having competent legal representation allows you the space to handle personal and emotional issues, while our attorneys concern themselves with protecting your interests.
Divorce Attorney Houston
Divorce is never a process anyone wants to go through, but our family law attorneys are here to guide you through this difficult time with respect and professionalism for your personal affairs. Our lawyers have experience with:
- Contested Divorces
- Uncontested Divorces
- LGBT Divorces
- High Asset Divorces
- International Divorces
- Collaborative Divorces
When you’re facing a divorce head on, it can be emotionally and mentally difficult, but also complicated when trying to divide assets according to the law, and securing assets and rights that may come into jeopardy through a divorce proceeding. Our lawyers have experience successfully handling the complex issues that arise in divorce such as:
- Division of Property
- Separate Property Protection
- Alimony or Spousal Support
- Child Custody
- Child Support
- Grandparents’ Rights
The consequences of your actions during a divorce can have long term impacts on your life, your children’s lives, and other important family members’ lives. In order to put this ordeal behind you successfully, our attorneys can represent you in mediation to resolve highly frustrating, personal disagreements. We are skilled negotiators who will protect you in a divorce, whether you are seeking custody, spousal support, or visitation rights, among other issues.
While Texas is a no-fault divorce state, this does not mean “faults” will not be discovered in the proceedings that can impact various aspects of the divorce, such as property division, child custody, child support, and alimony, among others.
Grounds for Divorce
Texas law does not allow couples the ability to legally separate without ending their marriage. Texas allows for seven reasons, or grounds, for divorce:
- Insupportability – This is essentially a no-fault divorce by a different name, meaning the marriage cannot continue due to differences that can’t be resolved.
- Cruelty – The Texas Family Code defines cruelty as one “spouse is guilty of cruel treatment toward the complaining spouse of a nature that renders further living together insupportable.”
- Adultery – While infidelity is not illegal in Texas, it can be grounds for divorce and is also considered “marital misconduct.”
- Conviction of a felony – The Texas Family Code allows for divorce when a spouse is convicted of a felony and incarcerated.
- Abandonment – Abandonment requires the spouse that left has remained away for at least one year.
- Living apart – This requires “the spouses have lived apart without cohabitation for at least three years.”
- Confinement to a mental hospital – The Texas Family Code requires “the other spouse has been confined in a state mental hospital or private mental hospital…in this state or another state, for at least three years.”
LGBTQ Family Law Attorney
For same-sex partners, family law can be even more complex. Federal law now requires all states to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples; however, implementation of the law is still precarious in Texas. Our attorneys are sensitive to the challenges LGBT couples face and work to overcome any legal obstacles same-sex couples may encounter.
Our lawyers can help same-sex partners with:
- Domestic partnership agreements
- Financial considerations
- Property considerations
- Child custody
- Paternity issues
- Benefits and health insurance
Houston Family Law Lawyer
The experienced Houston family law attorneys of Adair Myers Stevenson Yagi can ensure your interests are protected. Because Texas family law issues are often emotionally charged, it’s important to have a legal team on your side that implements careful strategies to protect you, your family, and your assets. Even when you are facing a rather amicable divorce, it is still beneficial to retain an attorney to protect you from any contingencies you may not be aware of. As your attorneys, it is our job to protect your interests in all matters. If you would like to speak with an attorney, please reach out to us by phone at 713-522-2270 to discuss how we can help. Our consultations are always confidential.