First Things First: The Well-being of the Children
Child custody issues hit home, and they hit hard. In Beaumont, TX, child support issues have been a seemingly insurmountable legal obstacle for countless parents. Competent child custody counsel will work with you to determine what is in the best interest of your child and for you.
It is only natural that the first thing on the mind of a divorcing parent is the well -being of his or her children. Child support, child custody, and paternity are the most common issues that affect the children of divorcing parents. Child custody law in Texas refers to the custody of a minor who has not yet attained 18 years of age or who suffers certain physical or mental handicaps. In addition, child support is not always a one-time determination. In the case of unmarried parents, the paternity of the child may be in question. At Suzanne Schaper Law Firm, we understand the realities of child support, child custody, and paternity testing, when needed.
Child Custody in the Best Interest of the Child and of You
The most frequently contested component of parental divorce is child custody. Texas child custody law takes into consideration the rights and protections of both parents and the children. The principle factor in the determination is the best interest of the child. The court may order sole, joint, or split custody. Children of certain ages are permitted to voice their preference to the court. At Suzanne Schaper Law Firm, we commit to developing a child custody arrangement that supports the children's best interest and that is tailored to meet your individual needs.
Child Support and Our Pledge of Protection
In Beaumont, TX, child support is a related but distinct legal issue from child custody. Child support may not be withheld in order to enforce child custody. In the same way, visitation with a child may not be withheld to enforce child support. Child support is based on guidelines calculated by the State of Texas. Apart from these guidelines, other variables such as payment of health insurance premiums, tutoring, counseling, and special schooling come into account. We pledge to protect your rights as the parent who either pays or receives child support.
Unmarried Parents and the Issue of Paternity
Unmarried parents encounter many of the same custody and support issues that married parents do. However, under Texas law, an unmarried father is not usually presumed to be the father. When paternity of the child is in question, a party may ask the court to make the determination based upon testimony and other evidence. We represent both fathers seeking to establish paternity or mothers seeking to defend against paternity fraud.
They will listen about what you have to say
- Bobby Cunningham. 10/13/2019
Suzanne was so amazingly compassionate and truely cared about me as a person, not as a client. I highly recommend her.
- Brooke Franklin. 6/31/2019
Very patient and informative. She sat with me for a good while explaining the process I was about to go through while helping me see angles I had not yet thought of. Very professional and understanding of my situation. She clearly knows what she is doing and that gives comfort through this process.
- Ivory gilcher. 6/27/2018
It's a shame 5 stars is all I can rate Suzanne's office! Suzanne's entire staff really seemed like they cared about what I was going through, I was not just another phone call or box on the shelf when I requested their services. Anytime I went in or called, i was greeted promptly with a smile i could see and hear. Suzanne and her staff give their clients their complete, undivided attention during the entire process... I've never experienced the level of compassion and understanding anywhere like I did while being advised by Suzanne Schaper Law Firm! I hope I'm never in this situation again, but if that time ever comes, you can bet they be my only phone call.
- Cody Goins. 6/27/2018
Mrs. Shaper is a very respectful divorce Lawyer. She handled my case with top priority. Her paralegal team was very approachable and easy to talk to about the details of my divorce. I can honestly say without a doubt that getting a divorce is highly stressful. I think it is key that you hire a lawyer that can be attentive to your best interest. Mrs. Shaper is that person that can be by your side when you are going through a tough situation, such as a divorce. I would use her again if I need too.
- Joseph . 2/8/2018
Ms. Schaper represented me in my divorce and has handled several other family law matters for me since my divorce. Her legal advice, guidance, and professionalism proved to be invaluable. My divorce involved some complicated legal issues that required an in-depth understanding of complex legal issues, and Ms. Schaper not only recognized those complexities, but she was clearly prepared to tackle those issues and fight to resolve them in my favor in the face of vigorous opposition from my ex’s camp. I found Ms. Schaper’s office personnel to be responsive to my calls and questions, and Ms. Schaper never failed to clearly explain all the proceedings to me and prepare me for what to expect. She and her staff always displayed the utmost professionalism and legal knowledge and experience. I have since referred all of my family and friends who are seeking a top-quality family law attorney to Ms. Schaper and have heard nothing but rave reviews from them regarding her legal expertise and representation.
- Angela Allen. 0/19/2018
This woman was wonderful! I found her and her father to be very kind and professional. Personally, I think it's a bonus to have a retired state district judge be a member of my legal team. I casually read through the other review from a year ago. I think the EX-SPOUSE of one her clients giving her one star and disliking her is actually a compliment and why I chose to use her in the first place (thank you vengeful person, you ran a very effective advertisement for her)! The last thing I want is my attorney buddying up to my ex. Suzanne was there to represent me and my interest. Not my EX!