Experienced Family Law Attorneys in Houston, Texas
At Stepp & Sullivan, P.C., our skilled family law attorneys in Houston, Texas understand that when our clients need a family lawyer, they may be under significant stress and have more questions than answers.
After all, divorce, child custody, and financial support matters are integral to their livelihoods. And the sooner the details of the marriage dissolution or other family law needs are settled, the quicker they can move on with their new lives with confidence.
Our Harris County and Houston family law lawyers focus on providing real-time solutions for our clients, so they can resolve their legal issues while pursuing the best outcome available for their unique circumstances. We are here to help, beginning with a confidential consultation.
Stepp & Sullivan, P.C. Houston Family Law Attorney Practice Areas
At Stepp & Sullivan, P.C., our family law attorneys in Houston focus on providing complete solutions for our clients’ overall legal needs.
That often requires combining one or more practice areas when divorcing couples have children, are eligible for spousal support, or have domestic violence circumstances that must be factored into their safety, divorce, or custody decisions.
Our compassionate Houston family law lawyer provides complete representation for all your family law needs.
Experienced Divorce Attorneys in Houston, Texas
In the State of Texas, there are two types of divorce: Fault and No-Fault.
In a fault-based divorce, four categories apply to your marriage dissolution, each of which states that one spouse is at fault for the divorce petition.
- Felony Conviction
A no-fault divorce is when the marriage is dissolved and neither spouse is solely responsible for the decision.
Each type of divorce will affect the way your case is viewed by the court, which is why it is so important to partner with an experienced divorce attorney in Houston to ensure your rights are protected throughout the process and that you are pursuing the best outcome available for your unique case.
Houston Legal Separation Lawyers Provide Solutions for Spouses
The State of Texas does not recognize legal separation as a rightful solution for separating while remaining married, as many other states might.
Whether spouses are remaining married but separate for financial, insurance, religious, or other unique reasons, they do have options that will allow them to remain married while resolving some of the very complicated details that would typically come with a divorce.
These details may be resolved through:
- Temporary orders that include details regarding child custody, property division, and financial requirements before or while spouses seek a divorce.
- Protective orders that safeguard victims of domestic violence, which operate as separation orders, as they may dictate who stays in the home, where the children will live, and outlines the financial responsibilities of each party.
- Separation agreements that serve as a legally binding contract for spouses who no longer live in the same home but are not officially divorced. These agreements may set requirements for visitation, financial support, or property rights.
Each of these orders or agreements are complicated and should be outlined by an experienced legal separation attorney in Houston to ensure no detail is left to chance and that your rights are protected throughout the process.
Skilled Spousal Support Lawyers in Houston, Texas
Spousal Support is not as easily obtained in Texas as it once was, as the family courts often require that the financial need of one spouse is clearly outlined to show he or she is unable to provide for themselves during the divorce before awarding alimony.
The court will consider many factors when determining whether spousal support will be awarded, including:
- The length of the marriage
- Which parent will have custody of the children, when applicable
- Each spouse’s earning power
- The financial standing of each party
- The division of assets and debts
While there is no specific formula for determining how alimony is decided in Texas, our spousal support attorneys in Houston will outline your unique needs and pursue the alimony you are entitled to from your unique divorce and personal circumstances.
Dedicated Child Custody Attorneys in Houston, Texas
Child Custody matters are often accompanied by strong emotional arguments on each side. After all, this is your children we are talking about, and you and your spouse want what is best for them.
The court is going to ensure that is true when determining who gets primary custody of the children and who receives visitation rights.
The court will consider many factors during child custody decisions, including where each parent lives, their home environments, their financial standing, overall stability, and in some cases, who the child would rather live with.
At Stepp & Sullivan, P.C., our child custody attorneys in Houston will go over the exhaustive list of the court’s considerations to provide each of our clients with a realistic approach to achieving child custody or visitation options that meet their unique parental needs.
Houston Child Support Attorneys Who Seek to Maintain the Children’s Quality of Life
When spouses with child divorce, it should not affect the child’s financial well-being going forward. While dividing their time between two households will take some adjustment, their ability to remain in the school they are accustomed to while participating in extra-curricular activities they love should not be jeopardized by the marriage’s dissolution.
There are seemingly innumerable factors that dictate child support amounts in Houston, including the number of children involved in the divorce and their ages, the time of possession each parent has with the children, and each parent’s financial resources, to name just a few.
At Stepp & Sullivan, P.C., our child support lawyers in Houston will outline the details of how your child custody agreement affects your financial requirements whether you are the parent paying child support or the one receiving it.
Knowledgeable Family Law Mediation Attorneys in Houston, Texas
Family Law Mediation is not required by Texas state laws. However, most judges will require both spouses to participate in mediation before granting access to a trial.
When spouses can solve their marital differences through mediation and negotiate the details of their divorce behind closed doors — without the court’s involvement — then an agreed decree or order is submitted, and a trial is not necessary.
At Stepp & Sullivan, P.C., our Houston family law attorneys have considerable experience negotiating the details of divorces outside of the courtroom, which typically supplies our clients with an expedited and less expensive approach to dissolving their marriages.
Experienced Houston Annulment Attorneys Providing Solutions for Those in Need
Annulments are the end of an invalid marriage. They are not divorce, as the annulment itself states that the marriage never occurred.
There are many reasons why our Texas family courts will allow an annulment and may include:
- Duress or Force
If your marriage occurred under unlawful circumstances — where you may be legally entitled to an annulment in Texas — contact our experienced family law attorneys in Houston to learn about your rights and how we can help you pursue a new start, so you can put this behind you and start anew.
Compassionate Domestic Violence Lawyers in Houston, Texas
Domestic Violence can occur in several ways, including physical, sexual, emotional, psychological, or financial abuse.
To be considered as domestic violence, these dangerous and hurtful circumstances must occur between household or family members.
Domestic violence relationships must be between two individuals who are/were:
- Spouses and former spouses
- Current or former partners
- Current dating partners, even if they do not live together
- Individuals who live together, regardless of their relationship
- Parents who share a child or children
- Blood or adoptive relatives
At Stepp & Sullivan, P.C., our domestic violence attorneys in Houston provide dedicated legal representation for clients who are being victimized by a loved one and can help you pursue solutions that will allow you to protect yourself and your children going forward.
Protection and Restraining Order Lawyers in Houston, Texas
There are three different types of protection and restraining orders in the State of Texas, and each has significant requirements to successfully pursue.
If you are being threatened or harmed by a loved one, our family law attorneys in Houston may seek one of many solutions that will pursue protective orders on their behalf.
Depending on your unique circumstances, they include:
- Temporary Ex-Parte Protective Orders
- Final or Permanent Protective Orders
- Magistrate’s Order of Emergency Protection
No matter your family law needs, our experienced Houston attorneys at Stepp & Sullivan, P.C., can help you outline solutions for your unique circumstances, so you can move forward with your personal needs today by scheduling a consultation with our experienced family law lawyers by calling (713) 336-7200. We are here to help provide solutions for each of your family law needs, so you may begin focusing on your future.