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Fathers Rights Lawyer in Houston

Navigating Complex Issues Between Parents

Research has been clear for many years; both parents are essential to raising well-adjusted children. Courts have long favored mothers when decisions of custody or visitation arose, but the rights of the father in a child’s upbringing is equally important. At Goldsberry, Portz & Lutterbie, PLLC, we have worked with numerous families throughout Houston and we know how to protect the rights and interests of fathers.
We understand how emotionally charged these cases can be. We provide professional expertise and compassionate advice while we work to find a solution that will best protect your interests and those of your children.

Fathers Rights with Their Children

Our attorneys have substantial experience representing fathers in divorce and custody matters. We know the issues fathers face as well as the problems they must deal with in court to ensure their voice is heard. Fathers have an equal right to participate in the raising of their children, and we will work to help you achieve that goal.
In Texas, if you are presumed to be the father, are legally determined to be the father, have acknowledged paternity or are an adoptive father, you have both rights and obligations. If there are any doubts as to who the biological parent is, a good first step is to take a paternity test. Of course, our team of lawyers can help you navigate this process.

Specific Rights and Duties of Fathers

Fathers have defined rights and responsibilities towards their children under the Texas Family Code, which include, but are not restricted to:

Legal Definitions and Presumptions of Fatherhood

If you are trying to establish Father’s Rights in Texas it is important to know how it is defined by law. Texas law outlines the definition of a father and specifies different methods by which a man can be considered to be the father of a child.

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If a man is not married to the mother of their children, it is necessary to demonstrate paternity before they can become a legal father and acquire those rights. Depending on the specifics, you can accomplish it in one of three ways.

The "presumed father" is defined as a male who has lived with a child's mother for the first two years and has treated the kid as his own, as stated in Section 160 of the Texas Family Code.

The man can initiate the Acknowledgement of Paternity (AOP) procedure at any time before or after the child's birth, particularly in cases when the paternity of the child is not in dispute, provided that the couple has never lived together.

A petition to adjudicate paternity can also be filed. Either parent can initiate a lawsuit to establish paternity if it is being contested. The court can mandate DNA testing and, depending on the outcome, issue a ruling to confirm paternity.

At this point, the father can be added on the birth certificate and child support can be demanded because he is legally recognized as a parent.

In cases when the mother has sought child support and the Acknowledgement of Paternity is not feasible, a judge may make an order.

It is possible that the judge will force the man to undergo a DNA test to finalize the process of establishing his paternity.

Is Your Child’s Other Parent Uncooperative When It Comes to Father’s Rights?

In some cases, we see a divorcing couple where one of the parents refuses to cooperate and share parenting time. One party may withhold their children from the other parent out of anger or pain. Or they refuse to work with you in regard to the child’s medical care or schooling.
Our attorneys know how to work with the courts to enforce your rights with a standard possession order (SPO) and parenting time for your children. Absent a showing of factual evidence why it would in the best interests of the child to limit or prevent one parent’s access, the SPO assumes both parents will have access to the child or children.
Whether you have questions about custody, also known as conservatorship in Texas, or financial support requirements for your children, our team of lawyers can help. We will listen to your concerns and provide clear explanations of the law so you can be prepared to move forward.

Fathers dealing with uncooperative mothers can legally take either of the following steps.

Seek Court Ordered Visitation

Seek a court order to enforce visitation rights. Courts have the authority to create a detailed visitation timetable and ensure its compliance.

Notify the Courts of Parental Alienation

Fathers can inform the court if the mother's behavior constitutes parental alienation. Courts have the authority to adjust custody arrangements if they suspect alienation is taking place.

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How the Court Views Custody and Visitation Rights

If it is necessary to have the court determine custody and visitation rights for your child the court takes the following perspective.

Best Interest of the Child

Courts make decisions based on the best interest of the child, taking into account factors such as the child's physical and emotional needs, the stability of each parent's home environment, and the child’s preference if the child is of sufficient age and maturity.

Joint Managing Conservatorship

In Texas, joint managing conservatorship is preferred, allowing both parents to share the responsibilities of raising the child, without guaranteeing equal physical custody.

Standard Possession Order (SPO)

Texas has a standard possession order that specifies a visitation schedule deemed to be in the child's best interest by the court. Fathers have the option to request adjustments to the Standard Possession Order (SPO) to better suit their individual situations.   Fathers have rights to be in their child’s live and a lawyer will help you retain your right to your children.

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Our firm knows how important and precious this time is with your children and will do everything we can to protect it. As experienced family law attorneys, we are aware of the important roles each parent plays in a child’s life.

To learn more about how we can help, call our office in Texas City at 281-485-3500 today. You can also send us an email. We serve clients in Brazoria, Galveston and Fort Bend counties and throughout the Houston area.

How it Works

The process for hiring Goldsberry, Portz & Lutterbie, PLLC begins with an in-depth consultation to discuss your specific legal needs and circumstances. During this consultation, our experienced attorneys will listen to your concerns, gather relevant information about your case, and provide you with tailored advice on how we can assist you.
Following the consultation and once you’ve decided to move forward with our firm, the next step is signing the contract. The contract will outline the terms of our representation, including the scope of services, legal fees, and any other relevant agreements. Our team will ensure that you fully understand the terms of the contract before signing and will be available to address any questions or concerns you may have.
Once the contract is signed, the final step in the hiring process is remitting payment of the retainer fee. The retainer fee is an upfront payment that secures our legal services and allows us to begin working on your case. This fee is typically based on the complexity of your case and the anticipated work involved.
Once these steps are completed, our team will officially begin representing you and advocating for your interests. Throughout the process, we are committed to providing you with personalized attention, effective communication, and zealous representation to help you achieve the best possible outcome in your family law matter.

During your initial consultation appointment with our family law firm, you can expect a comprehensive and personalized approach to understanding your situation and legal needs. We’ll start by discussing the details of your case, including your specific circumstances regarding divorce, child custody, child support, enforcement issues, or adoption.
We’ll provide you with an overview of the legal process relevant to your case, outlining the steps involved, potential challenges, and options available to you. This will give you a clear understanding of what to expect as we navigate through your legal matter together.
Additionally, we’ll discuss the anticipated timeline for your case, including key milestones and potential factors that could affect the duration of the process. Understanding the timeline can help manage expectations and provide you with a sense of control throughout the proceedings.
During the consultation, we encourage you to ask any questions you may have about your case or the legal process. We’re here to address your concerns and provide guidance every step of the way.
Overall, our goal during the initial consultation is to provide you with a thorough understanding of your legal options, the process ahead, and how we can assist you in achieving your desired outcome.

At Goldsberry Law, we prioritize timely and personalized attention to each client’s case. We understand that time is of the essence when dealing with legal matters. Typically, we aim to schedule in-depth consultations within one to two weeks of your initial contact with our law firm.
However, if your case requires urgent attention due to imminent hearings or time-sensitive issues, our attorneys will make every effort to accommodate your needs. We recognize the importance of addressing urgent matters promptly, and we will do our best to schedule an appointment before any upcoming hearings or deadlines.
In the rare instance that we are unable to schedule a consultation within your desired timeframe, we will refer you to a trusted attorney who may be able to see you sooner. Our priority is to ensure that you receive the legal assistance you need as quickly as possible, while also providing the highest level of service tailored to your specific case.

To schedule an appointment for an in-depth consultation with one of our attorneys at Goldsberry Law, you have a couple of convenient options. You can contact our law firm directly at 281-485-3500 and speak with one of our Client Relations Specialists. They will assist you in finding a suitable time for your consultation.
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Whichever method you choose, we are dedicated to making the appointment scheduling process as easy and efficient as possible, ensuring that you receive the legal assistance you need in a timely manner.

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For ongoing legal representation, we provide tailored financial arrangements based on various factors such as the attorney chosen and the complexity of your legal matters.
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If you do not have a particular attorney in mind, our Client Relations Specialists will gather information about the overall issues presented in your circumstances. Based on this information and your preferences, they will provide a recommendation for an attorney who is best suited to handle your case.
We believe in the importance of matching clients with attorneys who have the relevant skills and experience to effectively address their legal needs. Rest assured that whether you choose your own attorney or rely on our recommendation, we are committed to providing you with high-quality legal representation tailored to your specific case.