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Family Law Attorney | Laredo, Texas


Family law is an area of legal practice that focuses on issues surrounding family relations like child custody, adoption, divorce, domestic abuse, etc. Family law cases can be complex and emotional, which is why it is a good idea to hire an attorney whose practice focuses on family law. While there are many types of case that fall under “family law,” divorce and child custody disputes are two of the most common types of family law cases.

Filing For Divorce in Laredo Texas

Hiring a divorce lawyer to handle all the legalities is a sensible thing to do. Your attorney will take charge of handling all legal matters while keeping your best interests at the center of the negotiation process. Once a petition for divorce is submitted, Texas law states that there is a waiting period of 60 days before a divorce is finalized. Many divorce cases can be finalized within a few months; however, other divorce cases can longer periods of time.  Filing incorrect pleadings could delay cases, so it is important to hire a divorce lawyer who is familiar with the process. Divorce cases are usually multifaceted because they could also involve children. This means that your attorney will not only have to resolve any property issues you may have, but also custody of the children.

Child Custody Disputes

Child custody, or conservatorship disputes, is the process of appointing individuals as conservators and granting the rights of possession and access to a child. Under Texas law, there is a presumption that it is in the best interest of the children that both parents be appointed joint managing conservators. Being appointed joint managing conservator means that both parents will have the same rights over the child.  Typically, the only right that is exclusive to one parent over the other is the right to designate the child’s primary residence. Although there is a presumption that it is in the best interest of the child that both parents be appointed joint managing conservators, the presumption can be rebutted. A court could find that it is in the best interest of the child that one parent be appointed sole managing conservator, and the other parent be possessory conservator.  This has the legal effect of stripping most rights away from the parent that was is the possessory conservator. The possessory conservator will still be able to exercise visitations with the child, but the sole managing conservator will make most important decisions regarding the child.

If you are in need of a family law attorney, contact  Guzman Law Firm and request a consultation with Javier Guzman.