Houston Fathers’ Rights Attorney
Protecting Your Role & Rights as a Dad
We all know what parenthood should be: a joint venture between parents who invest resources, time, money, attention, and whatever else is necessary to make sure children are well cared for. However, in the real world, effective parenting sometimes requires parents to give a little more and other times a little less.
While family courts strive to be equally fair to both mothers and fathers during divorce and other family law disputes, as a dad, you may have a sense that you are getting the short end of the stick when it comes to preserving your rights in the legal system. Our firm can help. As highly experienced Houston family law attorneys, we recognize that children benefit when courts recognize the contributions that both parents make to their kids.
If you have been denied fair visitation with your children, were asked to contribute too much in child support, or must establish paternity to clarify your rights, call Hendershot, Cannon & Hisey, P.C. today.
Enforcing Fathers’ Visitation Rights
Despite divorce or separation, the deep desire to play an important role in your child’s life is natural and is an instinct that should not be ignored. Because our legal team truly values the importance of the paternal role in a child’s life, we have provided numerous ways to maximize your visitation time:
- Does your work schedule require a more creative and flexible parenting plan? In an ideal world, we'd always be free to pick up our kids from school, spend hours helping them with their homework, and have weekends completely open for quality time. In the real world, parents have busy and unpredictable schedules, where a basic visitation plan simply isn't going to cut it. We represent military dads, oil workers, first responders, and others with unique demands to help them maximize the time they spend with their kids, while ensuring that they can do the work necessary to provide for them financially.
- Is your kids' mother keeping you from maximizing your visitation time? Sometimes, it can be something as simple as her stalling when it's time for you to pick up your kids or demanding that you bring them back early for this or that reason. Other times, it may be a flat-out refusal to let you exercise your visitation rights. Whatever the reason, we will pursue every available option to enforce the terms of child custody in your case, including seeking court-ordered enforcement of your visitation rights.
- Are you having a protective order taken out against you? It may be little more than a last resort, but protective order applications have been used as a tool to keep dads from seeing their kids by mothers who fabricate stories of mistreatment or abuse to obtain legal protection. You understand that domestic violence is a serious issue; you also understand that no one should be allowed to manipulate the legal system. If you face overblown or outright false allegations of abusive behavior, we'll challenge any protective order that threatens to keep you from your kids.
Handling Complex & Costly Child Support Issues for Fathers
Even when dads have an otherwise amicable relationship with their children's mothers, there is one issue that almost always causes conflict at one point or another: money. In most cases, dads end up having to pay child support. Whether that's simply because the dad is the higher income-earning parent or because it made more sense to award physical custody to the mother, the goal is to ensure that kids do not have to go without life's essentials.
Like other divorce-related court orders, child support orders are never set in stone, and you may need the help of our attorneys if child support becomes a point of contention between you and your kids' mom. For example, if you are having trouble keeping up with your child support payments because of a pay cut or job loss, we can help you seek a modification to your child support order with the family court. Similarly, if a drastic improvement in the financial situation of your kids' mother has made the current child support arrangement unfair, a judge may also consider a modification.
No matter what, it is better to seek legal help before your child support situation gets too out of hand. It is far better to ask for a modification as soon as it becomes clear you will be unable to pay than to go months without making the payments you are legally required to make.
The Benefits of Paternity & DNA Testing
Paternity is a powerful legal tool that can cut both ways: you may need to assert paternity to gain visitation rights if your children's mom refuses to let you see your kids, or you might need it to prove that you are not a child's father and therefore not obligated to pay child support.
There are few things less desirable than having to submit to a DNA test to definitively prove that you are (or aren't) a child's father. Our attorneys can guide you through the legal process from start to finish, including any subsequent court orders concerning visitation or child support necessary to protect your rights.
Speak with Our Houston Fathers’ Rights Lawyers— (713) 909-7323
At Hendershot, Cannon & Hisey, P.C., we know you value your relationship with your children. At the same time, you may have a business or other assets to protect. We are equipped to handle both custody and financial matters in divorce. Additionally, we know how to define, trace, and protect separate property. We know how to conduct appropriate valuations of business interests, and how to structure reasonable buyouts when business interests are part of a marriage's community property.
With over 130 years of combined legal experience, we provide effective solutions backed by decades of powerful results. Our passion is helping fathers and families establish themselves in the best possible position. Let us speak with you as soon as possible so we can get to work on your case.
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