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Hidalgo County Family Law Attorney

Guiding You Through Life’s Toughest Challenges in Texas

Family law is a critical area of the legal system that deals with issues related to family relationships. It is a field that directly impacts our lives, our relationships, and our futures. Family law encompasses some of the most sensitive and emotionally charged aspects of legal proceedings, from divorce to child custody, spousal support, and property division.

At Anthony M. Ortega, PLLC, we understand the challenging nature of family law issues. We are here to provide you with the ongoing legal and human support you need at these critical times. Our attorney and team are here to ensure you have the necessary information and advice to make difficult decisions as you go through the process. We are dedicated to protecting your rights and helping you reach optimum settlements and outcomes, whether through outside negotiations or in court proceedings before a judge. 

Find out how our Hidalgo County family lawyer can help you with your divorce or other issue by contacting Anthony M. Ortega, PLLC, for a free initial consultation. Call (956) 300-1402 to get started. 

Family Law Cases in Texas

Family law can be complex and intricate, requiring knowledge and insight into the laws and how Texas family courts operate and view various issues. 

These issues can include: 

  • Divorce: The dissolution of marriage involves many considerations, including the division of assets and debts, alimony, and in some cases, child custody and support. Each divorce case is unique and may involve complex legal negotiations or court proceedings.
  • Child Custody: Arguably one of the most emotional aspects of family law, child custody involves making decisions in the child’s best interests. This can include determining physical and legal custody, visitation rights, and even relocation issues.
  • Spousal Support: Also known as alimony, this involves financial support from one spouse to another after a divorce. Various factors, such as the length of the marriage, earning capacity, standard of living, and more, are considered when determining spousal support.
  • Property Division: In the event of a divorce, assets acquired during the marriage must be divided. This can include homes, vehicles, retirement accounts, businesses, and more. The property division process can be complex, especially when dealing with substantial assets or debts.
  • Child Support: Child support is a financial obligation paid by a noncustodial parent to the custodial parent to provide for the needs of their child (or children). This includes covering food, clothing, healthcare, and education costs. The amount is typically determined by the court and is based on factors like the income of both parents, the number of children, and the child’s specific needs per the Texas Attorney General’s Office).
  • Prenuptial and Postnuptial Agreements: These agreements are legal contracts entered into by a couple before or after marriage. They outline how assets and debts will be divided in the event of a divorce, separation, or death. They can also specify financial responsibilities during the marriage. They are especially pertinent when one or both parties have significant assets, children from previous relationships, or own a business.
  • Modifications of Current Court Orders: Circumstances change, and when they do, existing court orders may no longer be suitable or fair. In these cases, requesting a modification to an existing court order, such as child custody, visitation, or support, is possible. This usually requires showing a significant change in circumstances since the original order was made.
  • Enforcement of Current Court Orders: If a party fails to comply with a court order related to family law, such as not paying child support or breaching custody arrangements, enforcement action may be necessary. This could involve wage garnishment, property liens, or even jail time for non-compliant parties. Enforcement ensures that court orders are followed and that the rights and needs of the involved parties are protected.
  • Adoption: Expanding your family can be done through private placement agencies, Child Protective Services (CPS), or direct placement between adoptive parents and birth parents. Adoptions must comply with all state laws and regulations, and the process can be lengthy and often stressful. 
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Why You Need a Family Law Attorney in Texas

Family law proceedings can be stressful and emotionally draining. Emotions can cloud judgment and hinder sound decision-making. Representing yourself in a family law case carries significant risks. You may overlook critical legal issues, make mistakes in paperwork, or need to present your case in court properly. All these can significantly impact the outcome of your case.

Hiring a family law attorney is crucial. At Anthony M. Ortega, PLLC, we provide an objective perspective, guiding you through the legal maze and helping you make informed decisions. We understand the complexities of family law and the emotional toll it can take. With our knowledge and skills, you can navigate the complex legal system more efficiently while we work to ensure that your rights and interests are protected.

Put professionalism and compassion on your side. Call us at (956) 300-1402 today. 

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