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Saumier Law Firm, P.C.

3500 Maple Avenue, Suite 400

Dallas, Texas 75219

 

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Divorce

We understand the emotional and financial toll a divorce can have on a family. At Saumier Law Firm, P.C. we focus on our client's needs and strive to keep costs for each case manageable while still pursuing the best possible result. A divorce divides the parties assets and debts, called the community estate. We focus on seeking an amicable resolution to preserve as many assets for the parties as possible following the divorce, but are prepared and experienced to litigate complex property issues if the other party seeks an unreasonable result.

If you are seeking an experienced and highly effective attorney to competently and effectively handle all aspects of your family law case, we invite you to Contact Us today for a free consultation.

 

Possession & Access

The Texas Family Code states that the best interest of the child is the court's primary consideration. That sentiment is mirrored at Saumier Law Firm, P.C. We do all we can to protect the children the subject of a divorce or custody suit, called a "Suit Affecting Parent-Child Relationship." In pursuit of that goal, we strive and encourage an amicable resolution, and use our experience and knowledge to guide and counsel our clients on how to achieve such a result. But, experience tells us that all too often the parents cannot agree on what is in the best interest of their children, and we are prepared to litigate issues concerning possession and access with children.

If you are seeking an experienced and highly effective attorney to competently and effectively handle all aspects of your family law case, we invite you to Contact Us today for a free consultation.

 

Child Support

At Saumier Law Firm, P.C. we understand your concerns regarding your ability to financially care for your children. Ensuring that you can provide for your children's financial needs is imperative. At Saumier Law Firm, P.C. we have extensive experience in assisting client's with their child support issues. In Texas, the guidelines for child support are relatively straight forward, however, depending on your circumstances, there may be valid grounds for deviating from the child support guidelines to increase and/or decrease the guideline child support amount. You need an experienced attorney who understands what it takes to get your children the child support they need and deserve. 

If you are seeking an experienced and highly effective attorney to competently and effectively handle all aspects of your family law case, we invite you to Contact Us today for a free consultation.

 

Paternity

If a child is born out of wedlock, seeking paternity of a child will ensure that both parents will be in the child's life.  Whether you plan on marrying the other parent in the future, once paternity has been established, it allows both parents to have possession and access with the child and will ensure that both parents are financially responsible for the child.

There were several changes in the Texas Family Code in 2011 that affect the issue of paternity. If you are the mother of the child and the father denies paternity, we can help you. If you are being accused of being the father of a child and you don't believe that you are the father, we can help you. If you are already ordered to pay child support for a child and you have since learned that you are not the child's father, we can help you; however, if you delay you may waive your right to contest the prior court order.

If you are seeking an experienced and highly effective attorney to competently and effectively handle all aspects of your family law case, we invite you to Contact Us today for a free consultation.

 

Termination/Adoption

Adoption is often referred to as the happiest thing we can do as family lawyers. Helping create a family unit and seeing the smiling faces as the judge signs the adoption order is one of the most gratifying and rewarding things we see in family law. However, there are many legal obstacles that must be cleared before that happy event. At Saumier Law Firm, P.C., we have the experience it takes to make your adoption a reality.

Often, prior to the granting of an adoption, a parent's rights must first be terminated. A minor child can have only one mother and one father. Perhaps you have not heard from the other biological parent in years and your current spouse has helped raise your child as their own, and you and your spouse desire to raise your child together with all parental rights. At Saumier Law Firm, P.C., we have experience in such matters and have helped many people go from stepparent to parent.

If you are seeking an experienced and highly effective attorney to competently and effectively handle all aspects of your family law case, we invite you to Contact Us today for a free consultation.

 

Complex Property Issues

If you have accumulated a high net worth at the time of your divorce, it is imperative that you hire an attorney who understands the nuances of characterizing property properly to ensure you receive all that the law allows. All property is presumed to belong to the community at the time of divorce, and property characterization may change over time. To protect your separate property, you need an attorney experienced in asset tracing and asset characterization, with the resources and connections necessary to protect the client. We will create the team of valuation specialists necessary to protect you in your divorce. Divisions of property and debt cannot be reconsidered in the future; it is imperative that it is done correctly in your divorce. We strive to keep costs for each case manageable while still pursuing the best possible result.

If you are seeking an experienced and highly effective attorney to competently and effectively handle all aspects of your family law case, we invite you to Contact Us today for a free consultation.

 

Pre- and Post-Marital Agreements

If you are contemplating marriage and you want to protect your net worth, you need an experienced and knowledgeable attorney who understands the formalities and issues involved in drafting a premarital agreement that fits the needs of each particular client. At Saumier Law Firm, P.C. we consider each client's needs and prepare a premarital agreement that will ensure that the character of each client's property and assets is clearly identified so that they may enter into marriage with financial peace of mind.

If you did not enter into a premarital agreement prior to marriage, but now desire to clearly partition, exchange or convert property, you need an experienced and knowledgeable attorney who understands the formalities and issues involved in drafting the marital property agreement that fits your needs. There are several postnuptial agreement options, and depending upon the strength of the marriage and your future intentions it is imperative to draft the correct agreement that meets your specific needs.

If you are seeking an experienced and highly effective attorney to competently and effectively handle all aspects of your family law case, we invite you to Contact Us today for a free consultation.

 

Protective Orders

Unfortunately, sometimes a spouse or person in a dating relationship ends up being the victim of family violence. Even worse, sometimes it is the children who have been abused. Family violence is never acceptable, and you can apply for a protective order to protect you and/or your children from such violence. A protective order takes control away from the perpetrator and puts the control in your hands, giving you peace of mind and the sense of security you and your children desire and deserve.

Sometimes, however, one party falsely accuses the other parent or spouse of family violence in hopes of getting a "leg up" in a family law case. If you have been falsely accused of committing family violence, it is imperative that you hire an attorney who understands the burdens of proof and how to defend against such false accusations. At Saumier Law Firm, P.C. we are experienced in protecting persons falsely accused of committing family violence in family law cases.

If you are seeking an experienced and highly effective attorney to competently and effectively handle all aspects of your family law case, we invite you to Contact Us today for a free consultation.

 

Modifications

A suit involving minor children can be divided into four legal issue; (1) conservatorship, (2) possession and access a/k/a custody, (3) child support, and (4) health insurance for the children. Upon a material change in circumstances or through passage of enough time, any one or all of these issues can be modified by court order. If the prior decree or order involving your children is no longer workable, or you believe you are now entitled to an increase or decrease in child support, you need an attorney who has assisted hundreds of clients get the relief they desired. At Saumier Law Firm, P.C. we listen to each client's individual needs and have the knowledge and experience to help them modify prior orders and decrees.

If you are seeking an experienced and highly effective attorney to competently and effectively handle all aspects of your family law case, we invite you to Contact Us today for a free consultation.

 

Enforcement

If you have a court order and the other parent violates the order by denying you court-ordered time with your children or doesn't pay the child support ordered, you have the right to file a suit to enforce the prior order. Enforcement for denial of possession and access with your children and for failure to pay child support can result in contempt of court resulting in jail time and fines against the contemnor. You are also entitled to have the contemnor pay your attorney's fees in most cases. If the other party to your court order is violating the order, you need the experience of Saumier Law Firm, P.C. to assist you in getting the result you and your children deserve.

If you are seeking an experienced and highly effective attorney to competently and effectively handle all aspects of your family law case, we invite you to Contact Us today for a free consultation.