Divorce Attorney San Antonio

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If you need a high caliber attorney with a thorough understanding of the law, call our firm today at (210) 349-9933 at Higdon, Hardy & Zuflacht, L.L.P. we specialize in divorce and family law matters in San Antonio.

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Introduction The legal relationships of people within a family are governed by family law Family law governs dissolution of families through divorce, which is a major area of work for paralegals Whether property is distributed before or during a marriage, or when one ends, property must be transferred when a person dies Wills and trusts are often used to transfer a person’s real and personal property, or estate, after death 17-

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Family Law Marriage and divorce Adoption Child support and custody Child and spousal abuse Parental rights and duties 17-

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Marriage Requirements Two persons Currently unmarried Not closely related by blood Over a certain age Usually 18 years old Exception: emancipated persons Cont. 17-

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Marriage Requirements Procedural requirements Marriage license Blood test Waiting period Marriage ceremony Marriage license must be recorded 17-

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Common Law Marriages Parties become married solely by mutual consent and without license or ceremony Four general requirements Must be eligible to marry Must have present and continuing intention and agreement to be a married couple Must live together as a married couple Must hold themselves out to the public as a married couple 17-

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Family Law Marital Duties Previously, marriages were private contracts arranged between families Now, marriage contracts are governed by the state 17-

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Family Law Marital Duties Financial support One spouse has duty to support other spouse and children Food, shelter, medical care Spousal abuse Restraining order Domestic abuse 17-

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Family Law Parental Rights and Obligations Direct the upbringing of their children Parents have control over Where children live What school children attend What religion children practice What medical care children are given Behavior of their children Punishment of their children Cont. 17-

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Family Law Parental Rights and Obligations Must provide Food Shelter Clothing Medical care Schooling These duties generally end when child is 18 17-

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Family Law Parental Rights and Obligations Liability for children’s wrongful acts State laws vary considerably Child abuse and neglect In loco parentis Children born out of wedlock Law provides rights and protections for these children Paternity suits Inheritance rights 17-

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Family Law Adoption Procedure in which persons become legal parents of a child who is not their biological child Not to be confused with foster care, which is temporary Requirements for adoptions 17-

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Family Law Adoption Agency adoptions Independent adoptions Stepparent adoptions Surrogacy Court approval and probation 17-

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Family Law Marriage Termination Annulment Court decree that invalidates a marriage Children born during the marriage are considered legitimate May be based on various grounds Lack of genuine consent Fraud Bigamy 17-

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Family Law Marriage Termination Divorce Formal court proceeding legally dissolves a marriage Fault-based versus no-fault divorces Irreconcilable differences Living separately for a period of time specified by state statute Incompatibility Divorce procedures Petition for divorce Negotiation and mediation 17-

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Family Law Child Custody Typically the most contentious issue in a divorce Court may appoint a guardian ad litem Factors considered in determining child custody Types of custodial arrangements Legal custody Joint custody Visitation rights Right to have contact with the child 17-

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Family Law Child Support Court makes provision for child support, regardless of custody arrangements Financial support for child’s needs States have standardized guidelines, often percentage formulas based on parental income 17-

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Family Law Child Support Withholding payment Interstate enforcement of child-support decrees Uniform Interstate Family Support Act Every state agrees to enforce orders 17-

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Family Law Spousal Support Alimony, or maintenance Financial support paid to a former spouse Permanent or temporary Rehabilitative alimony Education Training Palimony 17-

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Family Law Property Division Marital property All property acquired during the course of a marriage Separate property Property that a spouse owned before the marriage, plus inheritances and gifts acquired during the marriage 17-

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Family Law Property Division Pension benefits Community property All property acquired during the marriage Common law marital property Equitable distribution 17-

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The best way to get guidance on your specific legal issue is to contact a lawyer. To schedule a meeting with an attorney, please call or complete the intake form below. Higdon, Hardy & Zuflacht, L.L.P. 12000 Huebner Rd #200 San Antonio, TX 78230 Local Number: (210) 349-9933 Fax: (210) 349-9988 Contact Higdon, Hardy & Zuflacht, L.L.P.

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