Austin Central Texas Modification Lawyers
Your final divorce decree or child custody order may not be the last time you are in court dealing with issues about your child. Under Texas law, a parent can modify a child custody or child support order if the parent can show that something in a parent's or child's life has materially and substantially changed since the last court order. In child support cases, modifications are often brought because there has been a change in one of the parent's financial circumstances, such as the loss of a job or an increase in wages. Or sometimes, the expenses of raising and caring for the child have changed. In custody modification cases, modifications are often brought because there has been a change in the child's needs or a change in one of the parent's lifestyle. Also, issues such as drug and alcohol addiction and family violence can bring about a need for a change to the prior order. Sometimes, the mere fact that a child is older may make changes appropriate. Other changes too numerous to list, can also result in the need to change visitation schedules, domicile restrictions, and other orders concerning the child.
Any modification, whether brought by you or the other parent, will have a serious and emotional impact on you. The stakes will be just as high as your original divorce or child custody case, and the judge will have the authority to change virtually anything about your original child custody or support order if the judge believes that the circumstances call for the change. Just as it is crucial that you were represented zealously in your original divorce or custody case, it is critical that you hire experienced attorneys who understand the issues involved in a modification case and who can advocate for your position both inside and outside the courtroom.
Like your original child custody and visitation or child support case, the court will consider a wide variety of facts in determining whether or not a modification is in your child's best interest. Our experienced trial attorneys understand the factors that will sway a court in determining what is in your child's best interest. Attorney James W. Piper is a Board Certified family law attorney who has been serving families throughout Texas for more than 36 years. Mr. Piper has been named a Super Lawyer by Texas Monthly Magazine, is an AV rated attorney by Martindale-Hubbell, is listed in Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers, is a member of the Texas Academy of Family Law Specialists and is widely considered one of the most well respected family law attorneys in Central Texas. Mr. Piper's partner, Travis L. Turner, also a Board Certified family law attorney, has been named a Rising Star by Texas Monthly Magazine and is a member of the Texas Academy of Family Law Specialists. Mr. Turner, with his extensive litigation and courtroom experience, has rapidly become known as one of the most prominent young family law attorneys in the Austin area. Both Mr. Piper and Mr. Turner, along with the attorneys of Piper & Turner, PLLC, form a unique and unmatched team of lawyers with the talent and experience needed to gain success for our clients both inside and outside of the courtroom.
Piper & Turner, PLLC will utilize the resources of the firm's experienced attorneys and staff, along with a vast network of experts and professionals, such as forensic psychologists, forensic psychiatrists, and educational consultants, to advocate for what is best for you and your child.
Contact our office to schedule an opportunity to meet with one of our experienced attorneys about your child modification. We understand that child custody and visitation is not just about the law; it is about your family. Based on our experience, we can clearly explain how Central Texas family courts are likely to view your situation and we will guide you through the entire process. Our lawyers pride themselves on offering our clients honest and realistic assessments about their cases while zealously advocating for the needs of each individual client. Let us help you achieve peace of mind about your modification case.
Contact us at Piper & Turner, PLLC to learn more about how we can help you weather the storm.