Houston attorneys practicing family law must be knowledgeable in a broad area of law because this specialty deals with not only divorce and custody, but also:
- Common law marriage
- Child support
- Characterization of property
- Property division
- Suits affecting the parent/child relationship (SAPCRs)
- Custody modification
- Child support modification
- Enforcement of court orders including contempt actions
- Termination of parental rights
- Child abuse and neglect
- Family violence
- Pre-nuptial agreements and post-nuptial agreements
- Collaborative law
- Multi-state issues
- International issues
- Grandparent’s rights (and other 3rd party rights), and
- Issues impacting same-sex couples.
This list is not comprehensive by any means, but it provides an idea of just how broad a field is involved.
That means the Houston family law lawyer must know Texas family law, Constitutional law (Texas and Federal), property law, business law, trust law, and probate law, as well as have a good understanding of tax issues, personal finance, residential and commercial real estate. To practice family law well means the practitioner must constantly strive to improve his/her skills through continuing legal education and practical courtroom skills.