Serving Dallas County – Collin County – Denton County
The purpose of this law office is to provide client-centered family law services for the Dallas/Fort Worth area. Personal service is a key element of Robert Casteel’s practice.
Mr. Casteel returns his own phone calls, so your time will not normally be spent dealing with staff when discussing your case. You can contact us by clicking at left and sending us a message, and then we will call or e-mail you back promptly in order to schedule a consultation. We work evenings and weekends by appointment, because we realize families have different needs, and schedules.
Some of the legal issues we can help your family with are:
Divorces with contested property division issues | Divorces with contested child custody issues | Divorces where child custody and property are agreed
Divorce is one aspect of family law where almost everyone needs a family law attorney. Very few people ever “want” a divorce, although that’s often what is said by one spouse to the other. Circumstances may make a person feel they have little choice but to obtain a divorce if they want to change their life or the lives of their children for the better. Consultation with a Dallas family law attorney can help you decide whether or not divorce is the best decision for your family. Details
Child Custody and Family Law in Dallas
Child Custody changes from one parent to another | Child Custody by grandparents or other relatives
Original Suits (Paternity)
Many times when a child is born, the parents are not married to one another. In these cases, the parent not in possession of the child usually has a duty of support to the child. If the couple cannot or does not want to get married, a court order must be put in place to specify which parent has what rights concerning care, custody, and control of a child. There are only certain individuals who may bring a custody suit, and there are timelines that may affect one person’s ability to file such a suit. How the case is approached depends on the facts of each unique case, and therefore a consultation with a Dallas family law attorney on child custody issues is necessary. Details
Child Support and Family Law
Child Support Increase or Decrease | Child Support Enforcement (Collection)
Child support is normally determined by which parent has primary custody of a child. Therefore, child support is a consequence of child custody. You may want to review the facts on the child custody page, because in most cases, you cannot receive child support unless you have legal custody of a child. The parent who the child does not primarily reside with usually pays child support. This payment is normally a monthly payment to the other parent for support of the child. Many times circumstances change that make the initial child support in a divorce decree or custody order too low, or too high, and changing the amount becomes necessary to bring the support within the guidelines established by Texas law. This does require going back to court in most cases. Details
Juvenile Law Misdemeanors | Juvenile Law Felonies | Juvenile Law Detention Hearings
No issues in life concern you more than those involving your child. When your child is accused of having committed a crime, you will face a situation that is both more different and more difficult than any you may have previously faced as a parent. There is a whole court system, described below, that will decide if your child has done something illegal, and then seek to adjudicate and punish/rehabilitate your child on the basis of the system’s decision. Details
Many times when certain issues cannot be agreed upon in a family law case by the parties, a court will order the parties to mediate. Mediation is a voluntary process where a neutral third party attempts to facilitate an agreement between the two parties who are in a dispute. Both parties’ lawyers are involved in this process representing their respective clients. Therefore, an independent mediator is necessary to facilitate an agreement between the parties.