The results are in: OutSmart Magazine Votes Renken Law Firm One of the Best in Houston when it comes to Family Attorneys in the recently concluded 2022 Gayest & Greatest Readers’ Choice Awards!
Award winning same sex divorce attorney, Dawn Renken works with queer couples and individuals to help them tackle a wide range of family law matters. This includes LGBTQ divorce, child custody, child support, spousal support, property division, adoption, and more. If you are looking for a family law attorney that is an ally to the queer community, look no farther than Attorney Renken.
Reasons to Hire a Family Law Attorney
Most family lawyers represent clients in divorce proceedings and other matters related to divorce. But family law is a relatively broad practice area, including such issues as foster care and reproductive rights. Since family law matters hit so close to home, having a trusted legal professional by your side can help you ensure your loved ones are properly represented and protected during any legal process.
The most common reasons to hire a family law attorney include:
- Divorce: Each partner hires their own attorney, who will help devise a settlement plan in order to avoid a trial. Divorce attorneys typically are skilled at dividing marital property, calculating spousal support, and proposing a plan for child custody, visitation, and support (if applicable).
- Child Custody / Child Support: Court orders and settlement agreements involving both custody and support usually are included in the larger divorce case, but may be revisited as conditions change. For instance, child support may be altered after the non-custodial parent’s financial situation changes.
- Paternity: In most cases, paternity cases are filed by the mother in an effort to secure child support payments from an absent father. But sometimes biological fathers file for paternity in order to have a relationship with their child. Paternity typically is determined through DNA testing.
- Adoption / Foster Care: Adoption is a complex process that differs according to the type of adoption, where the child is from, variances in state laws, and other factors. Therefore, it’s important to consult with a family law attorney. Foster parents sometimes adopt their foster children, but the foster process does not necessarily require legal representation.
How Is Custody Different in Same-Sex Divorce Cases?
Texas is a conservative state that is not always quick to offer those going through LGBT divorce and separations the same rights as traditional couples. A legally binding married does not automatically mean the courts will recognize a non-biological parent as the presumptive parent of any children born throughout the marriage.
A non-biological parent must legally adopt any children in the marriage in order to be recognized as their parent and given any parental rights after a divorce. If you are interested in learning more about how we can help you navigate your divorce case and tackle child custody issues, contact our team by filling out our case evaluation form today.
At Renken Law Firm in Houston, our legal team provides counsel to people of all gender identities. When it comes to divorce cases, we have experience working with both opposite-sex couples and same-sex couples to help them reach solutions that fit their specific needs.
For same-sex couples, it can be difficult to find attorneys with experience handling the aspects of their divorce case that may be different from opposite-sex divorce cases, such as child custody issues. If you are looking to work with the best same-sex couple custody attorney in Houston, contact Renken Law Firm today.
Award Winning Same Sex Divorce Attorney Serving Houston, TX
Our team proudly serves the Greater Houston area, including but not limited to Brazos County, Cypress, Fort Bend County, Galveston, Houston Heights, Houston, Humble, Katy, Kingwood, Memorial Houston, Montgomery County, Montrose, Richmond, Rosenberg, Spring, The Woodlands. All marriages are different, making each divorce equally unique with its own set of needs that must be addressed. Contact our law office to explore your options moving forward, and find out how we can help you.
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Houston, TX 77092
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