Family Law

McKinney, Texas: Family Law Attorney

By their very nature, family law issues are both emotional and complex. It often takes a lawyer with experience and compassion to help you through the legal process.

Divorce

We represent men and women in both contested and uncontested divorce proceedings, and we handle cases that do or do not involve children. We try to reach acceptable compromise agreements on our client's behalf, to prevent unreasonable costs or the need for a family court judge to step in and make decisions about the family's future.

Attorney Michael Sloan can answer all of your questions about temporary orders, alimony (also called spousal support) awards, division of marital assets, responsibility for marital debts, child custody and visitation, and child support.

Child custody and support

Child support amounts are set by law in Texas, but careful attention is still required to make sure both spouses have accurately reported their income.

Child custody disputes can arise both before and after a divorce — when one parent strongly believes he or she is better suited to be the child's primary caretaker, or when the custodial parent plans a relocation that will negatively affect the child's visitation arrangements with the other parent.

Divorce decree modifications

Divorce agreements are rarely final — especially for families with young children. As years pass, living arrangements may change, parents may get new jobs, or they may lose income due to layoffs. All of these situations may create the need for one or both ex-spouses to seek a modification of the existing divorce decree. Modification requests can be easy or difficult depending on the extent to which the former spouses agree on the modification.

Stepparent adoptions

If a parent remarries and the new spouse wishes to adopt a child from the prior marriage, we can assist with a stepparent adoption. Adoptions by stepparents and others are only permissible when one of the biological parents is out of the picture. Before a child can be adopted under Texas family law, the rights of one or both biological parents must first be terminated, either by agreement or by taking appropriate legal action.

Domestic violence and restraining orders

Charges of domestic violence often arise during family law disputes such as divorce. We offer aggressive and compassionate help in resolving these disputes, whether by helping with applications for restraining orders or by defending a client against false charges.

Paternity actions

We represent both mothers and fathers in paternity actions. Mothers usually seek paternity actions to obtain child support. Increasingly, we also represent fathers who want to be involved in their children's lives and are willing to pay child support in order to have regular visitation. If there is a dispute over paternity, a DNA test will solve it.

Questions about family law?

Contact Collin County family law attorney Michael Sloan. We offer reasonable fee arrangements, and our law office in McKinney is handicapped-accessible.

Handicapped accessible. Located directly east of Highway 75 near the historical district. Weekend appointments available.

Texas lawyer Michael Sloan represents clients in McKinney, Plano, Frisco, and throughout the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex, in communities such as Allen, Richardson, Prosper, Wylie, Murphy, Sachse, Sherman, Denison, Bonham, Anna, Van Alstyne, Greenville, and Celina, and in Dallas County, Grayson County, Hunt County, Fannin County, Collin County and Denton County.