El Paso Family Law Attorney

Legal Representation That You Can Trust

Oftentimes, the only contact anyone ever has with the court systems is in a divorce or child custody dispute. Before you even reach trial, stress becomes the forefront and the end of marriage begins to impact any children. Then you are faced with the uncertainty of the legal process of a divorce or child custody battle. You will hear your friends and family throw around terms like custody, community property, and visitation. What does all this mean and who will decide these factors?

The laws governing divorce are complex and imperfect. Nevertheless, these laws and a Judge will have a great impact on your life long after the courts have ruled on your case. Family law is a very local practice. It is my belief that 80% of what a divorce lawyer is for is understanding what a judge will do in a given set of circumstances. Judges work hard to be consistent in their rulings. And while your case is unique to you, the facts and circumstances are often similar to those that the court has heard countless times before. Experience before the courts is critical. I have over a decade of experience in the family courts of El Paso.

Consultation fees do apply to family law cases. Military personnel and their spouses receive a 50% discount on all family law consultations. Please call or e-mail to inquire as to the cost of a consultation. You will meet with me personally, not a legal assistant or paralegal.

Military Divorce

As if divorce isn't stressful enough, the ending of a military marriage can only add to the impact. It's likely that you are only in Texas because of your spouse's service obligation, and you are far from family support systems or even just someone in which to confide. Because of my prior active duty experience (including deployments to Europe and the Middle East), I understand the unique challenges and pressure facing a military family and the impact divorce will have not only on the division of property, but also any children involved.

As a former active duty soldier with a family, I understand what you are going through. My philosophy is to arm you with information so that you are in charge of your case and able to make rational and practical decisions. It is my belief that in most family law cases, the lawyer's job is to simply know what your judge is likely to do given a certain set of facts and circumstances. Armed with this knowledge, you can make a real and practical decision on whether to settle or fight.

I, Attorney Leonard Morales, offer representation in all areas of Texas family law:

  • Divorce, including the division of complex assets and liabilities. These may include the division of the marital home, automobiles, retirement plans, investments, time shares, savings accounts, debts, and other property accumulated during the marriage.
  • Military retirement, legal services also include the proper division of military retirement which is unlike the division of any private or civilian pension, 401k, or retirement plan. I often provide my services to other lawyers in the proper calculation of military retirement and the documentation to establish its enforcement and recognition by the Defense Finance and Accounting Service (DFAS).
  • Child custody, also called the Suit Affecting the Parent Child Relationship (SAPCR).
  • Child support, including cases against the Texas Attorney General.
  • Modification of prior court orders, including visitation and access, child support review and modification, and health insurance for the children.
  • Enforcement of prior orders, including transfer and recognition of other than Texas orders.

Child Protective Services Cases

If the state of Texas, through the Department of Child Protective Services, has come into your home to investigate allegations of child neglect or abuse, you need the assistance of a lawyer who is experienced in this area. The Department of Child Protective Services has broad powers to impact your life in many ways. These powers can include taking your children from you, dictating where you live, imposing a child support obligation on you, or transferring your case to the District Attorney for a criminal indictment. It is important that you understand your rights and are able to defend them.

I am a member of the El Paso County CPS attorney wheel (this means the designated Child Protection Court regularly assigns cases to me) and I regularly accept matters of this kind. Contact my firm today.

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