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Modifying Or Appealing A Family Law Order

In most cases, courts intend family law orders to remain in effect. Whether the court issued a divorce award, child custody order or other ruling, however, the order might not necessarily be permanent.

Under the right circumstances, The Law Offices of Douglas Ray York, P.C. can help you appeal or modify a divorce or family law order. Once a court reaches a final decision, it is difficult to change its stance. We will work closely with you to provide the strongest possible rationale for an appeal or modification.

Appealing A Family Law Decision Requires Trial Experience

We support and protect our clients when the court likely made a mistake in a child custody, property division or adoption case. Appealing these decisions is not easy. Courts are reluctant to revisit the facts of a recent family law case.

Nonetheless, getting a fair outcome could be critical for you or your child. That is why we will use our trial experience – including the perspective of our attorney who used to be a judge herself – to argue on your behalf. We know how to effectively communicate your position and 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 that the lower court do or not do something that is legally required.

Child Custody And Support Modifications

Circumstances change over time. A former spouse may no longer need spousal support payments. An appropriate parenting arrangement for a five-year old may not work as well for a twelve-year old.

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

  • 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

Whether you have concerns for your child’s wellbeing, your finances or your rights, our attorneys can help you prepare a complete and well-crafted argument to justify a modification.

Evaluate Your Options

You might 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. Call 713-479-5555 or email us in Houston for a consultation.