Houston and Austin Child Custody Lawyers: Child Custody and Support Disputes
At Fullenweider Wilhite, we believe that the best outcome for children involved in divorce is made possible when the parents agree on a thorough and straightforward parenting plan that leaves as little as possible in question. When parents are unable to reach an agreement, we advocate for our client’s position at trial.
Protecting the Wellbeing of Children in Divorce
Because children have complex and unique needs, it is vitally important to address the concerns regarding their care and support through thoughtful, respectful negotiation, mediation and litigation.
Many issues of paternity may be settled with a simple DNA test, yet simply establishing paternity is often not enough to resolve the issues at hand. We work with clients to resolve child support, parenting time and rights, and potential adoption or inheritance that may come into play.
Custody & support modifications
While modifications to existing court orders are generally granted when the parents’ or child’s circumstances have changed substantially, courts are reluctant to alter a child’s living arrangements without cause. We fight for a fair and appropriate outcome that safeguards the wellbeing of the child or children involved.
The firm successfully defended a prominent sports figure who was an alleged father in a paternity action involving multi-jurisdictional concerns.
Lawyers at Fullenweider Wilhite have substantial experience in resolving international custody disputes and in obtaining return of children from foreign jurisdiction by the legal means available under the Hague Convention.
Many divorce decrees place a geographic restriction on parental relocation. Moving a child out of the county, state or country without first seeking court approval may violate a court-ordered agreement. Fullenweider Wilhite works with our clients to resolve their concerns through negotiation, mediation, arbitration or litigation.
Multiple jurisdiction divorce & custody cases
We help clients navigate multi-state or international jurisdiction divorce and custody matters to find the solution that protects what they value most. We maintain working relationships with legal contacts in Europe and South America who possess expertise in family law matters. We are frequently called upon to assist Americans living abroad facing important family law issues.
Grandparents have rights to child visitation to ensure that family relationships that benefit a child continue even in the event of the parents’ divorce. We help clients take decisive action and assert their rights as grandparents.
The firm represented a foreign diplomat in a dispute over custody and residency of the couple’s children, involving simultaneous litigation in multiple foreign jurisdictions. Our attorneys devised and implemented a plan to address and protect the privacy and security of an international figure and his family.