Family Law

Uncontested Divorces Are Simple and Inexpensive

An uncontested divorce is when all parties agree to all issues in a case. An uncontested divorce is the way most people divorce because It's simple and inexpensive, and it offers you and your spouse the chance to end your marriage quietly and with dignity.

Not every uncontested is the same and not every case runs smoothly. Often couple with few assets and no children find this procedure to be the best option for their case. Couples with minor children are encouraged to communicate with one another and proceed with an uncontested divorce.

Contested Divorces Can be Emotional And Require Patience

A marriage of many years will likely have accumulated substantial assets, debts and children. Too often, couples are in disagreement about the division of their property and debts, child custody and child support. I have worked on many contested divorces involving young children, and I understand that each client has an individual story and situation specific to their case.

One way divorce and family law issues can be resolved is through mediation. Our firm can help clients look into whether mediation could be a beneficial option for them. We are skilled at helping individuals with the mediation process. Zara Ali is a certified mediator.

Termination of Parental Rights And Adoption

There are two steps to secure an adoption in Texas. First the court must terminate the birth parents' rights to the child; and second, the adoption must be approved by the court. Termination of parental rights means a parent is no longer considered a legal parent and will not have any legal rights, duties or responsibilities to the child. Once the Judge grants an order of terminations, the order is normally considered final.

The termination of parental rights can be initiated by agreement of each parent, or if both parents do not agree, the court will terminate the rights if the court finds the termination and adoption to be in the best interest of the child.

After the court grants the order of termination, but before granting the adoption order, the court will require that the parties submit to a social study performed in the home of the adoptive parents. The court also requires a Texas Criminal History Report. The name of the child may be changed in the adoption order if requested

Modifying Custody, Visitation and Child Support

Parents are often looking to modify their existing court orders. A Texas family court can modify provisions for custody, visitation, and child support. The request must be filed in the court that last entered an order regarding the children. The procedure for modification can often be complex and the court has set certain requirements for that procedure. At Zara Ali & Associates, PLLC, we can assist you in modification of custody, visitation and child support.