Protecting Your Children In Family Transitions
Divorce or separation is hard on kids. But the way we approach divorce and custody disputes can make a real difference in how they cope and adjust. When the parents make a conscious effort to make it work, children respond accordingly.
Attorney Alina Ashtari‘s family practice is largely devoted to issues involving children. By focusing on their best interests and well-being, everything else usually falls into place. Ms. Ashtari handles a full range of matters, from contested custody proceedings and Child Protective Services cases to modifications and enforcement of family court orders.
Custody, CPS or support issues? Call for a free consultation at 713-853-9651.
Child Custody And Co-Parenting Arrangements
It’s normal to disagree on how to raise your children. It may have been a big factor in your divorce or breakup. But you have to move forward, and that means figuring out how to cooperate and communicate as co-parents.
The Ashtari Law Firm can advocate for you and help you find solutions relating to:
- Sole managing conservatorship (sole custody)
- Joint managing conservatorship (shared parenting)
- Supervised visitation, if there has been abuse or child endangerment
- CPS removal of the child and temporary conservatorship
- Termination of parental rights
- Grandparent rights
The court will consider many factors, including the age of the child, who has been the primary caregiver, work schedules, the physical and mental health of each parent and the preference of an older child. Alina Ashtari is the experienced attorney you need to help you prepare for custody evaluations, fight for your parental rights, and protect your child’s best interest. Once the court has ruled on custody and parenting time, Ms. Ashtari can help you negotiate the details of the formal parenting agreement, such as pickup/drop-off logistics, holidays and summer vacation.
Helping Parents Get Their Kids Back After CPS Intervention
Child Protective Services (CPS) removal of a child from the home is extremely traumatic for the parents as well as the children.
After CPS takes a child out of the home because of alleged abuse, neglect, or endangerment, the agency has one year to decide if the child will go back to the parents or if the State of Texas will become a permanent custodian. During that period, the parents must attend several hearings and meet various Family Services milestones. These proceedings can be stressful and intimidating. Ms. Ashtari advocates for parental rights and helps clients comply with the Family Services criteria to prove to the court that they are fit parents.
Child Support And Post-Decree Modifications
Initial child support is typically dictated by the statutory formula. But as time goes by, family circumstances change. Parents remarry, get new jobs or move away. Children’s needs and desires change. The Ashtari Law Firm can represent either parent in petitioning the court to make changes involving:
- Modification of child custody
- Substantial changes to the parenting agreement
- Modification of child support
- Relocation away from Houston by the custodial parent
- Enforcement of child support or visitation rights
Because of Ms. Ashtari’s extensive experience with child custody and support cases, she anticipates the complications that may arise. She is familiar with the courts and local rules and she is always prepared to address any weaknesses in her client’s case. Attorney Ashtari will vigorously defend your child’s best interests and your parental rights in family court hearings.