About Our Family Legal Services
A family is the fundamental building block of the society. At Ahluwalia Law Offices, we understand family law matters are not only legally complex but also stressful and emotional. The firm practices in a wide array of Family Law Matters. We can help you with Divorce, Child Custody, Child Support and Probate.
It’s important to carefully consider options in each of these processes. Our team of compassionate, dedicated and knowledgeable attorneys will work hard to achieve the best results for our clients, always treating you with empathy and care.
How We Can Help Your Family:
Custody provisions are often the most emotionally difficult part of divorce. In a majority of situations Texas Law dictates that both parents should have equal access to their children. Determining the child or children’s primary residence and an acceptable visitation schedule can be a source of contempt.
Custody is often shared between parents. In Texas, this is called Joint Managing Conservatorship, where both parents are managing conservators and share in the legal rights to make decisions regarding the children. Some examples of these decisions are education, extracurricular activities, medical care and insurance, and religious affiliations. Sometimes, even in these situations, one parent is named the primary conservator and will make decisions on the child’s primary residence. The other parent, or non-primary conservator will have rights to access and possession of the child or children on a schedule. Examples of some common schedules are visitation on the first, third, and fifth weekend of the month, with rotating holiday and summer schedules.
There are cases where it’s not appropriate for parents to share custody. Most commonly this is due to a history of physical or mental violence. In these situations, the court will order a single parent to be sole managing conservator, having exclusive legal rights to make decisions.
You can rest assured that no matter what your particular situation is, our attorneys will be here to guide you to, and through, the resolution that is in the best interest of everyone.
Child support payments are usually required of one parent after a divorce. Child support payments are typically contested by both parents for a variety of reasons. Most of the time child support payment amounts are determined by a set formula. This formula uses factors such as income of the non-custodial parent, health care expenses, how many children are being supported, and if the non-custodial parent has any other children.
For example, in a “standard” custody arrangement where the parents are named joint managing conservators and the non-custodial parent has the children on a standard possession schedule, his or her child support payments would be calculated on a flat percentage of income—if there is only one child between the parties, and the non-custodial parent has no other children he or she is obligated to support, then child support payments will frequently be 20% of his or her net income, plus an obligation to provide health insurance or reimbursement for health insurance costs. Support will be ordered until the child reaches 18 years of age.
We understand that deciding to file for divorce is an arduous task. More often than not, it is also a very emotional experience. At Ahluwalia Law Offices our attorneys have the knowledge and compassion to make this process as smooth and streamlined as possible.
No two divorces are the same. Whether you and your partner have amicably decided to separate and come to agreements on property and children prior to filing for divorce, or if you are facing a contested divorce with disputes over custody and debts, we are equipped to assist you in navigating your divorce and coming to a resolution that will protect your interests in the future.
Texas is a community property state. This means that all property and assets acquired during the marriage will be divided in a fair and just manner. This ensures a balanced division of assets even if one spouse was unemployed during the course of the marriage.
Assets that must be reviewed during a divorce include checking and savings accounts, investment accounts, retirement plans, pensions, real estate, automobiles, and other property. The general rule is that property acquired during marriage is part of the marital estate, regardless of whose name the property is in. There are a few exceptions pertaining to gifts and inheritances. Also, every asset does not need to be split to be considered an even division. An example of this would be one party keeps the marital real estate and the other retains their 401(k) or similar retirement.
Estate Planning for individuals and married couples is more significant than most of us realize. An estate plan can include many separate documents, such as a last will and testament, medical and financial powers of attorney, and HIPAA authorizations. We also provide documents which will allow you to designate who is to care for you if you become unable to care for yourself, and instructions for your caregivers on end-of-life decisions. These documents provide very important information that will take the burden away from your loved ones in an already stressful and emotional time.
At Ahluwalia Law Offices, we recommend a review of your estate planning documents every five to ten years, or immediately following a significant life event, the birth of a child or grandchild, divorce, or remarriage. No matter what stage of life you’re in, our attorneys have the knowledge and competence to ensure your needs are met while easing the burden of your loved ones in the future.