Statistics and Family Law
Thousands of people all across the nation are impacted by the laws involving child support, divorce, alimony, child custody, and other family issues. Thousands more have already gone through the emotionally draining process of structuring child support, dividing up assets, or determining visitation schedules. For example:
- 813,862 divorces in in the U.S. in 2014
- 123,097 divorce cases in Texas in 2015
- 58,001 divorces in Texas involving children in 2015
- 13.4 million parents had custody of a child while the other parent lived elsewhere in 2013
If you are enduring the emotional hardships involved in a divorce or struggling with the anxieties that come with child custody disputes, it's easy to feel alone. Family-related legal problems can be extremely isolating. A divorce can leave you feeling vulnerable and lonely. You may find yourself alienated by friends and other family members. Thankfully, these feelings do not have to be permanent, and you do not have to handle them by yourself. With the help of a skilled family attorney, you can find certainty and compassion amidst the confusion and solitude.
It can also help to know that you are not the only person experiencing these difficulties. If you are one of the hundreds of thousands of people going through a divorce right now, rest assured that this process can come to a favorable, fair conclusion.
The Basics of Family Law
Family law spans a wide range of intimate issues. From divorce to adoption, the concerns covered by this legal field necessarily involve the people and relationships closest to you. That means family law has its own particular set of challenges and problems not shared by other legal fields. Feelings often run high since the outcome of a case can have serious repercussions. Financially and emotionally, there's usually a lot at stake. Consider a married couple with children. What rights does a spouse have if they decide to file for divorce but the other party refuses to cooperate? What can that spouse do if the other party threatens to fight for sole custody of their children? Is there any way for them to amicably come to an agreement or is a court battle a foregone conclusion?
As the skilled team at Holmes, Diggs & Sadler understands, it is important to have a legal representative you can trust when you are handling these intense issues. A family law attorney needs to be able to listen to their clients and respect their priorities. In our hypothetical situation, the party seeking the divorce should be able to talk openly to their attorney about their ideal outcome. If they want to avoid court proceedings, their attorney can help them respectfully approach their spouse about the possibility of mediation. This provides a way for both parties to work through the conditions of a divorce with legal guidance without going to court. However, the other spouse might refuse mediation. In this case, a skilled attorney could clearly and openly tell their client what to expect from a court battle. The attorney could also see to it that their client's parental rights are not violated at any point in the process. Since family law can be extremely complicated and involve the fair distribution of shared finances, assets, and child custody, it is crucial to secure experienced legal counsel.
Frequently Asked Questions about Family Law
Due to the delicate and extremely unique nature of each individual case in this field, questions are best saved for a knowledgable and personable attorney. When your familial situation is hanging in the balance, however, we know it's comforting to have immediate answers. We've shared a few of the most common questions we receive below.
Why should I choose Holmes, Diggs & Sadler?
Handling family issues can be emotionally challenging. That's why our family law professionals prioritize clear, open communication with our clients. When it comes to divorce, child custody, or other issues that involve legal disputes, we listen to our clients' wishes. We understand that you are going through a trying time, and our goal is to make things better for you, not worse. We are skilled at peaceful mediation and compromise, but we are also able to fight aggressively to defend you against any legal opposition. We are proud to offer outstanding legal representation. With more than 90 years of combined experience, our team is ready to take on the most challenging family law cases. We have two Board-Certified Lawyers in Houston, including Cindy Diggs, one of our managing partners. Every year from 2010 on, Diggs has been selected as a "Super Lawyer" in Family and Divorce by Texas Monthly.
Do I need an attorney if I am going through a divorce?
Even for divorces where both parties are in general agreement, the answer is yes. Many people assume that they can handle a respectful, civil divorce process with their spouse without the intervention of an attorney. They think that hiring a divorce lawyer will necessarily make the situation worse by adding the threat of going to court or an implied lack of trust. However, the right lawyer will understand how to be an effective, respectful mediator. It's important to protect your rights and your interests, especially if your children are involved or if there are significant assets to divide.
An experienced legal professional can help keep everything fair, transparent, and open, and their involvement can make the divorce easier, not more stressful. In situations where your spouse has been cruel or abusive, obtaining legal guidance is an absolute necessity. In any situation, you need someone who will prioritize your rights, your future, and your well-being.
What is Holmes, Diggs & Sadler's record of success?
Time and time again clients have told us that we were there to clean up the mess that other lawyers had left for them. We're professional and driven, and our dedication to each of our clients allows us to single-mindedly focus on your goals. Our reviewers have given us top marks and glowing reviews. We're proud of our personal nature and friendliness with our clients and our strength in the courtroom.
If you are experiencing family issues that may involve legal proceedings, you can greatly benefit from the help of a dedicated attorney. At Holmes, Diggs & Sadler, our family law attorneys will treat you with compassion while we fight to protect your best interests. You can use our experience, know-how, and legal savvy whether you are considering a divorce, in the middle of a legal separation, disputing child custody, or having any other family-related problem. Call us anytime at (713) 802-1777 to learn more about how we can help you handle the legal aspects of a wide variety of family issues.