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Mark W. Bennett Lawyer
Mark W. Bennett
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DUI-DWI, Federal Appellate Practice, Domestic Violence & Neglect, , Criminal
Houston, TX Criminal & Federal Defense Attorney

Since graduating from law school in 1995, he has dedicated his career to criminal defense, never stepping foot in the realm of prosecution. Mark posse... (more)

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Alice J. O'Neill Lawyer

Alice J. O'Neill

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Divorce & Family Law, Family Law, Child Support, Child Custody

Alice J. O'Neill, brings nearly 20 years of legal experience and a background in psychotherapy to her work on behalf of families.

Tyesha  Elam Lawyer

Tyesha Elam

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Estate Planning, Dispute Resolution, Elder Law, Family Law, Criminal

Tyesha Elam is a practicing lawyer in the state of Texas handling family law matters.

Lisa M. Vanauken Lawyer

Lisa M. Vanauken

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Family Law, Divorce & Family Law, Adoption, Child Custody

Lisa M VanAuken is a Houston Family Law Attorney. While she grew up in Northern New York, she has lived in Houston, Texas area since 1995 and has made... (more)

William Lloyd Nealy Lawyer

William Lloyd Nealy

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Insurance, Personal Injury, Family Law, Public Schools

William L. Nealy, IIhas been practicing law for almost 15 years. He received his undergraduate degree from Florida A & M University in accounting in ... (more)

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Ned Barnett
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Juvenile Law, Administrative Law, Federal Appellate Practice, Domestic Violence & Neglect,

If you are facing a serious criminal charge in the Houston area, you'll need an experienced, quality, aggressive defense attorney. The name that shoul... (more)

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Dessiray W. Cusic Lawyer

Dessiray W. Cusic

Divorce & Family Law, Child Custody, Child Support, Custody & Visitation, Paternity

With over 27 years of expertise in family law and a Board Certification under her belt, Dessiray is equipped to assist men, women, grandparents and ot... (more)

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713-650-1866

Lisa M. Okoh-Brown Lawyer

Lisa M. Okoh-Brown

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Immigration, Family Law

We are good at what we do because we are passionate about justice. We are a full-service law firm, practicing in all aspects of Immigration, Family, ... (more)

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800-988-5830

Paul  Kennedy Lawyer

Paul Kennedy

DUI-DWI, Car Accident, Family Law, Mass Torts, Personal Injury

Mr. Kennedy is a native Houstonian with more than 13 years of trial and appellate experience. He built a practice that focused on family, criminal, pe... (more)

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855-982-7199

Katherine Ellen Bihm Lawyer

Katherine Ellen Bihm

Juvenile Law, Family Law, , DUI-DWI, Criminal

Kate Bihm is a well-versed family law and criminal defense attorney who brought her name to the public eye in Montgomery County during her campaign fo... (more)

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936-788-6100

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LEGAL TERMS

VISITATION RIGHTS

The right to see a child regularly, typically awarded by the court to the parent who does not have physical custody of the child. The court will deny visitation... (more...)
The right to see a child regularly, typically awarded by the court to the parent who does not have physical custody of the child. The court will deny visitation rights only if it decides that visitation would hurt the child so much that the parent should be kept away.

SPLIT CUSTODY

A custody arrangement in the case of multiple children, awarding sole custody of one child to one parent and sole custody of another child to the other parent. ... (more...)
A custody arrangement in the case of multiple children, awarding sole custody of one child to one parent and sole custody of another child to the other parent. This arrangement is generally disfavored by judges because they are reluctant to split up siblings.

ADOPT

(1) To assume the legal relationship of parent to another person's child. See also adoption. (2) To approve or accept something -- for example, a legislative bo... (more...)
(1) To assume the legal relationship of parent to another person's child. See also adoption. (2) To approve or accept something -- for example, a legislative body may adopt a law or an amendment, a government agency may adopt a regulation or a party to a lawsuit may adopt a particular argument.

QMSCO

See Qualified Medical Child Support Order.

FOREIGN DIVORCE

A divorce obtained in a different state or country from the place where one spouse resides at the time of the divorce. As a general rule, foreign divorces are r... (more...)
A divorce obtained in a different state or country from the place where one spouse resides at the time of the divorce. As a general rule, foreign divorces are recognized as valid if the spouse requesting the divorce became a resident of the state or country granting the divorce, and if both parties consented to the jurisdiction of the foreign court. A foreign divorce obtained by one person without the consent of the other is normally not valid, unless the nonconsenting spouse later acts as if the foreign divorce were valid, for example, by remarrying.

PHYSICAL CUSTODY

The right and obligation of a parent to have his child live with him. Compare legal custody.

BRIEF

A document used to submit a legal contention or argument to a court. A brief typically sets out the facts of the case and a party's argument as to why she shoul... (more...)
A document used to submit a legal contention or argument to a court. A brief typically sets out the facts of the case and a party's argument as to why she should prevail. These arguments must be supported by legal authority and precedent, such as statutes, regulations and previous court decisions. Although it is usually possible to submit a brief to a trial court (called a trial brief), briefs are most commonly used as a central part of the appeal process (an appellate brief). But don't be fooled by the name -- briefs are usually anything but brief, as pointed out by writer Franz Kafka, who defined a lawyer as 'a person who writes a 10,000 word decision and calls it a brief.'

GROUNDS FOR DIVORCE

Legal reasons for requesting a divorce. All states require a spouse who files for divorce to state the grounds, court and whether requesting a fault divorce or ... (more...)
Legal reasons for requesting a divorce. All states require a spouse who files for divorce to state the grounds, court and whether requesting a fault divorce or a no-fault divorce.

CHILD SUPPORT

The entitlement of all children to be supported by their parents until the children reach the age of majority or become emancipated -- usually by marriage, by e... (more...)
The entitlement of all children to be supported by their parents until the children reach the age of majority or become emancipated -- usually by marriage, by entry into the armed forces or by living independently. Many states also impose child support obligations on parents for a year or two beyond this point if the child is a full-time student. If the parents are living separately, they each must still support the children. Typically, the parent who has custody meets his or her support obligation through taking care of the child every day, while the other parent must make payments to the custodial parent on behalf of the child -- usually cash but sometimes other kinds of contributions. When parents divorce, the court almost always orders the non-custodial parent to pay the custodial parent an amount of child support fixed by state law. Sometimes, however, if the parents share physical custody more or less equally, the court will order the higher-income parent to make payments to the lower-income parent.

SAMPLE LEGAL CASES

In re ABP

... STANDARD OF REVIEW. Most appealable issues in a family law case, including the issues in this case, are evaluated under an abuse-of-discretion standard. ... I have practiced in the community, in this community for approximately 15 years in the area of family law. ...

IN RE DEPT. OF FAMILY & PROTECTIVE SERVICES

... We review a trial court's interpretation of the law de novo. State v. Shumake, 199 SW3d 279, 284 (Tex.2006). A trial court has no discretion in determining what the law is or properly applying the law. In re Tex. Dep't of Family & Protective Servs., 210 SW3d 609, 612 (Tex.2006). ...

Lumpkin v. DEPARTMENT OF FAMILY PROT. SERV.

... 263.405(i); see Pool v. Texas Dep't of Family & Protective ... that, if a trial court determines that an appeal is frivolous, the court has necessarily determined that each of the issues identified in the statement of points is frivolous; that is, that they lack a substantial basis in law or fact ...