As an experienced and dedicated Houston Family Law attorney for over 20 years, I have built my practice fighting for the rights of men, women and children who find themselves in tough legal situations.
My firm is dedicated to representing clients with a firm understanding of your unique needs and goals, and provides compassionate, effective legal guidance every step of the way.
Contact my firm today if you or a loved one needs legal assistance with any of the following:
- Child Possession
- Child Custody
- Child Support
- Child Protective Service issues
- Grandparent Visitation
- Jurisdictional Issues
- Spousal Support (Alimony)
- Divorce Mediation
- Property and Debt Division
- Prenuptial Agreements
- Protective Orders
My firm has extensive experience working with clients to help them handle their legal problems, without running up a huge legal bill. I give my clients a range of legal options, and will work with you to select the right choice for you and your family.
I work in the courts that serve the Houston-Conroe-Richmond-Galveston metropolitan area; I know the judges and they know me. I have worked tirelessly to build a reputation for fairness, toughness and winning the best results for my clients. There is no unimportant family law case to my firm, and I strive to make the legal process as understandable as possible.
3730 Kirby Drive, Suite 777
Custody is the charge and control of a child, including the right to make all major decisions such as education, religious upbringing, training, health and welfare.
Custody usually refers to a combination of physical custody and legal custody. Many factors influence an award of custody and the way a case is presented in court can have a large impact on the result for you and your children. If you are awarded the children as a primary custodial parent, it has far reaching consequences both to you and to their well-being and development.
Child support is a periodic payment made to a custodial parent from a non-custodial parent to help compensate a child's living expenses, i.e. food, clothes, etc., and any other related debts.
When one parent is awarded sole custody, as in the event of a divorce, the non-custodial parent is required to fulfill his or her child support obligation by making set payments, whereas the custodial parent meets his or her support obligation through the custody itself. When parents are awarded joint custody in a divorce, however, the support obligation is shared and is based on a ratio of each parent's income and the amount of time the child spends with each parent.
The obligation to support minor children cannot be waived by either parent and is a right enjoyed by the child, not the parent. Each state has guidelines that factor the amount of child support, such as the amount of time spent with the child, the income of both parents and the standard of living the child is accustomed to. The court may allow deductions for items such as catastrophic medical expenses and travel expenses for visitation.
A court of law is the only way one can obtain a divorce decree, dissolution, legal separation, nullity or other form of terminating a marriage.
Other than the termination of the marital estate, the court also has jurisdiction to resolve other issues that are intertwined in the existing marriage which include, but are not limited to: custody and visitation rights, division of property of the marital estate, spousal support, child support, restraining orders, etc.
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Michael S. O'Connor
Attorney in Houston, TX
Professional Memberships - State Bar of Texas - Houston Bar Association - Houston Lawyer Referral Service
Areas of Law:
Experience & Credentials:
Admitted in 1991, Texas
Law School Attended:
South Texas College of Law
Class of 1990
University of New Mexico
Class of 1976