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Your legal rights and your children's legal rights deserve to be protected and represented throughout the family law process.  The skilled Family Attorneys at Colarusso & Eggleston will seek the best possible outcome for your case with determination and integrity.  We can and will provide you with clear answers, effective legal strategies, and the diligent legal representation that you deserve.

The Law Firm of Colarusso & Eggleston has all the resources you need to present a strong case on your behalf.  We are committed to a passionate and effective representation for anyone going through a family law matter. 
 

WE HANDLE ANY FAMILY LAW CASE IN THE LONE STAR STATE INCLUDING:  

ê DIVORCE

êUNCONTESTED DIVORCE

êCHILD CUSTODY

êCHILD SUPPORT

êPATERNITY

êTERMINATIONS

êPROTECTIVE ORDERS

êTEMPORARY RESTRAINING ORDERS

êMEDIATION

êSAPCR – SUIT AFFECTING PARENT/CHILD RELATIONSHIP

êVISITATION RIGHTS

êPARENTAL RIGHTS

êPROPERTY DIVISION

êPOST-DIVORCE MODIFICATIONS

êPRE-NUPTIAL AGREEMENTS

êPOST-NUPTIAL AGREEMENTS

êADOPTIONS

 

Whether you are getting married and need pre-marriage nuptials or are looking to adopt a child we can help you through the legal process.  Or maybe you are just tired of marriage counseling and you are looking for a more permanent solution, the Law Firm of Colarusso & Eggleston can help.  We can help you with all of your family law matters in Texas.  If you or someone you know is going through a family law matter, contact us right away at (512) 590-3585 or CLICK HERE to fill out a FREE Family Law Case Evaluation Form.

The Big D

At Colarusso & Eggleston, we know that a divorce can be one of the most traumatic events in a person’s life.  That is why our law firm has compassionate Family Attorneys who strive to be attentive to your personal and legal needs.  We will passionately and effectively represent you and your needs throughout the legal process.  Whether you are a husband or wife, mother or father, you have specific legal rights that need to be protected throughout the legal process. Here at Colarusso & Eggleston, we can advise you on the distinguishing factors of community property versus separate property, as well as help you consider the options available to you when making decisions concerning your children and your property.  If you or someone you know is going through a divorce, contact us right away at (512) 590-3585 or CLICK HERE to fill out a FREE Family Law Case Evaluation Form.

Children and Divorce

The Family Attorneys of Colarusso & Eggleston understand that family law issues often involve children.  Although a divorce occurs between husband and wife, when there are children present, we are aware that there are ramifications for the children now and in the future.  Thus, we will diligently focus on the best interest of the children involved because the outcome of a divorce can dramatically affect those children.  We know that even though you are divorcing your spouse, you are still and will always be a parent. 

Our Family Attorneys will strive to protect your interests as well as your children’s interests.  The overriding factor in deciding contested issues involving a child is the best interest of the child.  Courts are required by law to keep in mind the best interest of the child in determining issues of conservatorship and parenting plans.  A divorce can be a scary life-changing event for you and your children, but we can help you navigate the legal process while passionately protecting you, your children, and your legal rights.  We are committed to a passionate and effective representation for anyone going through a divorce or child custody battle.  If you or someone you know is going through a divorce or child custody battle, contact us right away at (512) 590-3585 or CLICK HERE to fill out a FREE Family Law Case Evaluation Form.

The term custody refers to issues of parental rights and a parent's possession of and access to a child.  The parent with the right to designate the primary residence of a child either with or without regard to geographic restriction is referred to as the primary custodial parent.  Usually, but not always, unless there has been family violence, parents who have shown the ability to effectively co-parent are typically named Joint Managing Conservators, also known as  joint custody. This means that both parents will share in the rights and duties associated with parenting, such as the right to make educational and medical decisions.

For children 3 years or older, the Texas Family Code establishes guidelines for the support of children and prescribes a Standard Possession Order.  A Family Court has the power to deviate from the support guidelines or Standard Possession Order.  At Colarusso & Eggleston, we attempt to structure parenting agreements in accordance with the actual needs of the family in question, because we know that all families are different. We will work to prepare a comprehensive parenting plan that will cover a wide range of children's issues, including: 

êThe allocation of rights and duties between parents;

êGranting periods of access and possession of children (visitation);  

êOrdering the payment of child support; requiring health insurance coverage for children;

êProviding for the payment of health care expenses incurred by a child not paid by insurance;

êProviding for the child's changing needs as the child grows and matures, in a way that minimizes the need for future modifications of the parenting plan;

êAnd providing provisions to minimize the child's future exposure to harmful parental conflict.

Our Family Attorneys are prepared to litigate these issues, sometimes with the assistance of professional experts who can offer opinions about the appropriate arrangements for the children. At all stages of the proceedings, we are committed to achieving results that are in the best interest of the children. A divorce in the Lone Star State deserves a Lone Star Law Firm.  If you or someone you know is going through a divorce, contact us right away at (512) 590-3585 or CLICK HERE to fill out a FREE Family Law Case Evaluation Form.

Length of Divorce Proceedings

A legal separation is not recognized in the Lone Star State.  Therefore, a divorce is required to properly dissolve a marriage.  The divorce process may or may not include the division of community property and debts, as well as specific arrangements for child custody and support.  A divorce in Texas takes at least sixty-one (61) days. However, a divorce may take longer depending on a number of factors. Each divorce contains unique circumstances making it difficult to accurately predict the exact amount of time a divorce will take.  There are some factors to consider which may affect your case:

êProperty issues;

êChild support issues;

êDetails involving joint managing conservatorship, sole custody, or joint custody;

êGeographic restrictions;

êVisitation issues;

êAnd the mental and emotional fortitude or the instability of one or both parties throughout the divorce proceedings.

We are committed to a passionate and effective representation for anyone going through a divorce or child custody battle.  If you or someone you know is going through a divorce or child custody battle, contact us right away at (512) 590-3585 or CLICK HERE to fill out a FREE Family Law Case Evaluation Form.

Divorce: Who Gets What?

In Texas, when a party files for a divorce, either party to a divorce may request that the Court impose temporary orders.  The hearing for temporary orders is held shortly after the written request is made.  The intent of a temporary order is to establish rights, duties and obligations upon which the parties can rely on during the divorce process.  These orders may cover the exclusive use of certain assets, such as a home and motor vehicles, payment of monthly bills, temporary spousal support, temporary custody of children, temporary child support, temporary visitation, and other similar issues as well as a temporary injunction to prevent family violence. 

Absent specific circumstances which may give rise to an exception, both spouses have an equal right to remain in the marital home until a hearing for temporary orders can be held.  At the temporary hearing, the Court may award the exclusive use of the residence to one of the parties.  At that time, the other spouse will be ordered to move out.  If the exclusive use of the home is in dispute, each spouse can present testimony as to why that party should be allowed to remain in the home.  The Court will make a decision based upon the information provided by the parties. 

There are many factors which the Court will consider in making this determination, and you can have an opportunity to discuss these factors with one of our Family Attorneys if you contact us immediately.  We can help you with your divorce from beginning to end if you contact us immediately.  The sooner you contact Colarusso & Eggleston, the sooner we can start standing up for you, your children, and your legal rights. A divorce in the Lone Star State deserves a Lone Star Law Firm.  If you or someone you know is going through a divorce, contact us right away at (512) 590-3585 or CLICK HERE to fill out a FREE Family Law Case Evaluation Form.

Separate property includes property which a person owned prior to marriage, property received by a person during the marriage as a gift, proceeds from personal injury lawsuits, and property inherited before or after the marriage. Community property includes all property acquired during marriage, except property acquired by gift or inheritance. Texas is a community property state.  Texas Family Courts presume that all property owned at the time of the dissolution of the marriage is community property.  A person claiming that any asset is separate property has the burden of proof to rebut the presumption of community property. 

Because the Court is prohibited from awarding the separate property of one spouse to the other spouse, it is important to determine and properly designate which property is separate and which is community.  We can help you determine what is separate and community property and help protect what is rightfully yours. Family cases can be resolved or settled in a number of ways including litigious methods, using mediation, or through the Collaborative Law approach.  And once the parties to a divorce are able to agree on all issues of the case, their agreements are reduced to written form, known as a Decree of Divorce or a Final Order.  

This document then needs to be approved by the parties and their respective counsel.  After approval from all parties involved, a short hearing is conducted before the Family Court.  At least one of the parties along with their legal counsel must be present at this hearing, commonly known as a "prove-up."  During the hearing, the agreement of the parties is presented to the Court through brief testimony, and typically, the Court will approve and adopt the agreement as the judgment of the Court. You have specific legal rights and you deserve to have someone passionately protect those rights for you throughout the divorce process.  Let the Law Firm of Colarusso & Eggleston represent you throughout your divorce.  If you or someone you know is getting divorced in the Lone Star State, contact us right away at (512) 590-3585 or CLICK HERE to fill out a FREE Family Law Case Evaluation Form.

Adoption 

We know that adopting a baby or child can be one of the most rewarding experiences of your life. There are thousands of babies, children, and adolescents in the United States and around the world who need a family. Some are healthy infants, and many are children with special needs, including physical, emotional, or mental disabilities.  We can help you navigate the legal process and ensure that you can focus on this exciting time in your life. There are two types of adoptions, open and closed.  In an open adoption, the birth mother, and possibly the birth father, know something about the adoptive parents.  They might even meet and exchange names or addresses.

In a closed adoption, the birth mother and adoptive parents do not meet each other or know each others' names. Federal and state laws that apply to adoption require certain steps to be followed prior to the finalization of an adoption.  It is important to have our Family Attorneys here at Colarusso & Eggleston represent you in the adoption process.  Our firm can assist you in avoiding any adoption complications and allow you to enjoy the newest addition to your family. The Law Firm of Colarusso & Eggleston can help make the addition of a new child to your family a worry free transition.  If you or someone you know is adopting or would like to adopt a child in the Lone Star State, us right away at (512) 590-3585 or CLICK HERE to fill out a FREE Family Law Case Evaluation Form.

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