Family Law is an area of practice in which Dan Moore specializes. Whether it be child custody and support or divorce, the attorneys at The Law Office of Dan Moore will be your helpful guide through the legal drudgery of these proceedings. Divorce is tough on all parties, regardless of race or gender. The laws regarding divorce between traditional couples and same-sex couples widely vary from state to state, and Dan Moore can discern these variations to sculpt a case with your specific needs in mind. When children are involved, Dan Moore’s knack for facilitating a quick and easy resolution in the areas of child support and child custody is unsurpassed.
Divorce With Children
Divorce without children involved is already complex, but add children into the equation and the complexity evolves. When a couple decides to dissolve their marriage, custody of children can be the most taxing issue. Dan Moore has the experience to represent you in the trial for custody of your children.
Divorce No Children
Dissolving a marriage is never easy. It can be a frustrating and lengthy process with unforeseen issues. Dan Moore provides tailored attention to each case he takes on. Dan has experience in handling a variety of cases and has the ability to guide you through each proceeding getting you the results you want and fresh start you deserve.
Until June 26, 2015 Texas had a ban on same-sex marriages. The Supreme Court decision in the case of Obergefell v. Hodges found that bans on same-sex marriage are unconstitutional. Dan Moore is committed to representing same-sex couples with the same tenacity and integrity as he does for all of his clients regardless of race, gender, sexual preference, etc.
Child support is one of the most important factors in any divorce involving children. The attorney’s at Dan Moore are committed to winning the amount of support that you need. If you are unable to agree upon an amount with your spouse, Dan Moore will represent you in court, where your request for support must be approved by a family law judge. In Texas, child support guidelines, by statute, are based on a percentage of income of the noncustodial parent’s net income. Support terminates at age 18 or upon graduation from high school, whichever comes later. There is no statute or case law that requires support for college. Payment of child support is usually determined by one of three ways:
· It is agreed upon in informal negotiations between the parents and their respective counsel.
· It is resolved through the use of out-of-court alternative dispute resolution proceedings.
· It is decided by a child support order being issued by the court.
Child custody determinations are often the most difficult processes a divorcing parent will have to undertake. In Texas, joint or sole custody is determined according to the best interests of the child/children. The court considers the best interests of the child/children deciding upon the terms and conditions of the rights of the parent with visitation rights. The “best interests” can be made by the courts using several determining factors such as:
· Wishes of the child (if old enough to capably express a reasonable preference)
· Mental and physical health of the parents
· Religion and/or cultural considerations
· Need for continuation of stable home environment
· Support and opportunity for interaction with members of extended family of either parent
· Interaction and interrelationship with other members of household
· Adjustment to school and community
· Age and sex of child
· Parental use of excessive discipline or emotional abuse
· Evidence of parental drug, alcohol or sex abuse