The attorneys at the Houston law firm of Orlando & Orlando, L.L.P. maintain a comprehensive family law practice, helping individuals and families with divorce, adoptions, premarital agreements, and other family law matters.
Although Texas law provides many fault-based grounds for divorce or dissolution of marriage, such as cruelty, adultery, or abandonment, the law also allows for a no-fault divorce based on the fact that the marriage has become insupportable due to conflict. At least one of the spouses must have been domiciled in the state for the preceding six months and must have resided in the county in which the petition is filed for the last 90 days.
We help our clients in Harris, Galveston, and Fort Bend counties and throughout Texas in obtaining a divorce, including representing their interests in important issues such as custody and support. Child custody involves both legal custody and physical custody. Legal custody, also known as managing conservatorship, refers to the right and responsibility to make decisions regarding educational, medical, and religious issues and other matters related to the child's upbringing. Physical custody, on the other hand, is the actual possession of the child. Either type of custody may be granted solely to one parent or jointly shared.
Modifications of custody or support orders are sometimes sought upon a change in circumstances, such as a change in the financial situation of either parent, a change in the needs of the child or the parent, or if one of the parents desires to move. We can assist in seeking or challenging modifications of orders and decrees involving possession and access to the children, and the payment of support.
Adoptions and Terminations
We can assist in the different types of adoptions available, including agency adoptions, international adoptions, and stepparent adoptions. Stepparent adoptions may require a biological parent to agree to a voluntary termination of parental rights. Parental rights may also sometimes be terminated involuntarily due to abandonment, abuse or neglect, failure to pay child support, and other statutory grounds. Whether you are seeking to terminate parental rights or challenge a termination, experienced legal representation is essential to achieving your objective.
Prenups, Postnups, and Partitions
Spouses can decide beforehand how property division and other issues should be handled in the event of a divorce. This can be done before marriage in a premarital or prenuptial agreement, or anytime during marriage in a postmarital or postnuptial agreement. A partition is a particular type of agreement under Texas law in which the parties agree to separate, or partition, their community property into two separate estates. The parties can contract to separate their property in any number of ways, so long as the agreement is voluntary and the parties have opportunity to be represented by independent legal counsel in the transaction.
Monica Orlando has been practicing family law in Houston since 1995 and has a wide breadth of experience in divorce and related issues. For excellence in representation with a high degree of professionalism and personal attention, contact Orlando & Orlando, L.L.P. for an initial consultation.