Property & Assets
Along with child custody and support issues and in any case in which there are no children, the divison of property and assets is a major component to be resolved in a divorce. In a community property state, such as Texas, the law assumes that everything acquired during the marriage is community property. However, such is not always the case, and the characterization of the property of the marital estate as either "separate" or "community" is critical to an appropriate resolution of a divorce case.
Separate property can include:
• Anything acquired prior to the marriate by a party;
• Anything inherited by one of the parties;
• Any gift from one party to the other;
• Any gifts specifically to one of the parties and not the other; and
• Certain personal injury awards to a party.
Our firm has years of experience dealing with everything from complex cases involving large estates to estates with nominal assets. Each of these cases is handled with equal importance and dignity, regardless of the amount of money or value involved. Mr. Skipper's undergraduate degree in accounting and his many years practicing business law give him particular insight into family and business finances which he utilizes to his clients advantage in the division of property.
Many couples today have children without being married and the paternity of the children is frequently brought into question. In this circumstance, a man is not legally established as the father until legal action is taken. Therefore, the father would have no visitation or custody rights. The Frank Skipper Law Firm uses the latest technology, including DNA testing, to establish or disprove paternity in order to benefit the client.
Enforcement of Orders
Frequently, following the issuance of an order by the Court, a party fails to comply with the Court's order or accuses our client of a similar failure, thus leaving their children without the proper child support or medical support. The Skipper Law Firm will work diligently to prosecute individuals who fail to comply with Court orders and obtain appropriate relief for their clients. On the other hand, if you have been inappropriately accused of failing to pay child support or medical support, the firm has successfully fought many actions to defend a party wrongfully accused of such violation.
Grandparents can play a critical role in the upbringing of a child. The law recognizes certain rights of grandparents to attempt to secure their ability to have input into the rearing of their grandchildren. This can include litigation involving custody of the grandchild or for vistation rights. The Frank Skipper Law Firm understands the issues surrounding the grandparent in these circumstances and has helped many grandparents assert their rights.