Houston Fathers’ Rights Lawyer
When parents don’t live together, it’s important for children to spend time with their father as well as their mother—for a child’s wellbeing and confidence and because it’s a man’s responsibility and privilege to provide for his child. Yet, it’s too often the case that children don’t see their fathers enough after divorce (or if their parents never married), and it creates a situation where custody, visitation, and child support obligations aren’t being met. Custody attorneys for fathers work to remedy these issues. At the Law Office of Maria S. Lowry, our Houston fathers’ rights lawyer is here to help.
Fathers’ Rights Legal Issues We Handle
In Texas, you cannot enforce your rights as a father without a court order. That doesn’t mean you don’t have the right to see your children, but you must go through the court and follow a court-approved visitation schedule (called a possession and access schedule in Texas). That’s where Texas custody attorneys for fathers come in. We help fathers assert their rights regarding child custody, child visitation, and other family law issues, such as:
- Establishing paternity
- Paternity fraud (paying child support for a child not biologically yours)
- Child support
- Accounting of child support expenditures
- Fair parenting time
- Obstruction of parenting time
- Decision-making authority regarding religion, healthcare, education, and other parenting matters
- Modifications of child support, child custody, and child visitation orders
- Adoption without consent
In Texas, courts have a Standard Possession Order to follow when determining child custody and parenting time. Likewise, courts use a formula provided by Texas state law to set up child support payments. In many cases, the custody standard and child support formula leave fathers feeling alienated from their children and overburdened by child support obligations. Custody attorneys for fathers can help men overcome the presumption that mothers get primary custody upon divorce and that men are not readily willing to fairly support their children financially and emotionally.
Becoming and/or staying involved in your child’s life is important. Shared parenting is beneficial to children, and children with active fathers have higher self-esteem and better academic records. For this reason, “fathers’ rights” has become a buzzword of sorts, but we know, for our clients, the issues are personal, and we’ll work tirelessly to obtain the outcome that’s in your and your children’s best interests.
Contact Our Custody Attorneys for Fathers
If you’re looking for custody attorneys for fathers in Houston, please contact the Law Office of Maria S. Lowry. Our experienced family lawyer can help you assert, challenge, and meet fathers’ rights obligations regarding child custody, visitation, child support, and more.