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Houston High-Asset Divorce Lawyers Can Help You Modify or Appeal a Family Law Order

Family law orders such as a divorce award, child custody order, or other ruling are intended to remain in effect perpetually after the finalization of a divorce. Once a court reaches a final decision, it is difficult to change its stance; however, under certain circumstances, these orders might not be permanent.

The Houston child custody and divorce lawyers of the Law Offices of Douglas Ray York, P.C., can help you appeal or modify a divorce or family law order. We will work closely with you to develop the strongest possible rationale for an appeal or modification.

Houston Child Custody Lawyers With Appeals Experience in Family Law

Appealing child custody, property division, or adoption cases is not easy. At times, courts are reluctant to revisit the facts and figures of a recent family case. Our Houston divorce attorneys support and protect high-net-worth individuals when a court may have made a mistake or when an appeal is needed.

Receiving a fair outcome is critical for you and your child. We will use our trial experience to fight on your behalf and effectively communicate your position. We will highlight any legal errors that the court made in the initial case.

We also prepare writs of mandamus, if necessary, while the case is proceeding to appeal. This legal tool ensures that a higher court immediately demands the lower court does or does not do something that is legally required.

Houston Divorce Attorneys Who Can Help With Child Custody and Support Modifications

Modifications are necessary as circumstances change, like when a former spouse may no longer need spousal support payments or when a parenting arrangement made for a 5-year-old is no longer suitable for a 12-year-old.

As families and life evolve, you may need to request a modification to an existing order, such as:

  • A child custody order or parenting agreement, which may be modified in cases of domestic abuse, parental relocation, or other factors;
  • A child support order, which may be modified if the child’s financial needs change or the parents’ resources significantly change;
  • A spousal support order, which may be modified in cases of remarriage or significant income shifts.

Property Division Appeals in Texas

Our Houston divorce attorneys not only have experience in appealing disputes regarding child support, custody, or alimony but also issues involving division of property, prenuptial and postnuptial agreements, and other common disputes.

In property division, disputes and the need for an appeal often arise when:

  • Property evaluation favors one spouse over the other. For instance, if both spouses have an ownership interest in a business, the courts may rule that the named owner provide a larger share of other community assets or pay out the percentage of interest owned by the other spouse. In these cases, one spouse may argue for higher property valuation, while the other may argue for lower in hopes of paying out less.
  • A valuation error in a given asset or property may lead to an appeal. Because valuation is a complicated process that involves highly trained professionals, it can be difficult to uncover these initially. However, an appeal may be made and the court may grant it if it can be shown that they granted an unjust division of community property as a result of this error. Typically, the split in favor must be substantial enough for Texas courts to accept the appeal.

Prenuptial & Postnuptial Agreement Disputes

While many high-net-worth individuals sign prenuptial and postnuptial agreements in order to protect their assets and rights, there are instances in which the validity of a prenup or postnup may be contested.

Our Houston divorce attorneys often see the following common causes of dispute in prenup and postnuptial agreements:

  • The pre/postnuptial included arrangements for child custody and other stipulations that cannot be legally upheld.
  • One party failed to disclose total assets and property prior to the drafting of either type of agreement.
  • The pre/postnuptial overtly affected one party more than the other.
  • One spouse was coerced into signing the pre/postnuptial agreement.
  • One party did not waive their right to disclosure.

Overturning a Ruling

In order to effectively appeal a ruling, our Houston divorce lawyers will have to prove that there was an abuse of discretion or that the court made a significant error when initially applying the law to your divorce.

Abuses of discretion occur when:

  • Not all relevant facts and laws were taken into consideration when a ruling was made.
  • The ruling does not follow precedent or is guided by traditional guidelines.

While overturning a ruling can be challenging, showing that invalid evidence was permitted to be used, that valid evidence was not allowed to be admitted, or that an unprecedented ruling took place can help to establish a successful appeal.

Prenuptial & Postnuptial Agreement Disputes

While many high-net-worth individuals sign prenuptial and postnuptial agreements in order to protect their assets and rights, there are instances in which the validity of a prenup or postnup may be contested.

Our Houston divorce attorneys often see the following common causes of dispute in prenup and postnuptial agreements:

  • The pre/postnuptial included arrangements for child custody and other stipulations that cannot be legally upheld.
  • One party failed to disclose total assets and property prior to the drafting of either type of agreement.
  • The pre/postnuptial overtly affected one party more than the other.
  • One spouse was coerced into signing the pre/postnuptial agreement.
  • One party did not waive their right to disclosure.

Overturning a Ruling

In order to effectively appeal a ruling, our Houston divorce lawyers will have to prove that there was an abuse of discretion or that the court made a significant error when initially applying the law to your divorce.

Abuses of discretion occur when:

  • Not all relevant facts and laws were taken into consideration when a ruling was made.
  • The ruling does not follow precedent or is guided by traditional guidelines.

While overturning a ruling can be challenging, showing that invalid evidence was permitted to be used, that valid evidence was not allowed to be admitted, or that an unprecedented ruling took place can help to establish a successful appeal.

Evaluate Your Options for Appealing or Modifying a Family Law Order With Experienced Houston High-Asset Divorce Attorneys Now.

Whether you have concerns for your child’s well-being, your finances, or your rights, our Houston divorce attorneys can help high-net-worth individuals prepare a complete and specific argument to justify a modification.

You may not need to simply accept an unfair court order or decision. Let the Law Offices of Douglas Ray York, P.C. help you seek alternatives now.