Family Law Attorney in Houston

Houston Family Lawyers

When facing family law matters, having a knowledgeable and experienced attorney by your side can make all the difference. At The Rudisel Law Firm, P.C., we specialize in providing compassionate and effective legal representation for individuals and families in Houston, Texas. With a proven track record of success, our firm focuses exclusively on divorce and family law, ensuring that we have the expertise and resources to handle your case with the utmost care and professionalism.

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Explore our comprehensive range of services and discover how The Rudisel Law Firm, P.C. can support you during this critical time. Contact us today to schedule a complimentary consultation with a qualified Houston family lawyer and take the first step toward resolving your family law matters.

Why Choose The Rudisel Law Firm, P.C.?

Our dedicated team understands the emotional and financial challenges that come with family law disputes. We are committed to guiding you through every step of the process, from initial consultation to final resolution, with personalized attention and strategic advocacy. Whether you’re dealing with a contested divorce, child custody battle, or any other family law issue, we are here to protect your rights and help you achieve the best possible outcome.

Our Family Law Services

At The Rudisel Law Firm, we specialize in a comprehensive range of family law services designed to meet the unique needs of our clients in Houston, Texas. Navigating family law issues can be challenging, emotional, and complex, but our experienced attorneys are here to provide you with the support, guidance, and legal expertise you need.

Whether you are facing a contested divorce, need assistance with child custody and support, or require help with high net worth asset division, our dedicated team is committed to protecting your interests and achieving the best possible outcomes for you and your family. Explore our diverse family law services below to learn how we can assist you during this critical time.

Contested Divorces in Texas

A divorce is contested when the spouses cannot agree on child custody, visitation, child support, spousal support, or property division. Contested divorces are handled at an hourly rate rather than a flat fee.

Houston Uncontested Divorces

Although there is no legal definition for an uncontested divorce, we consider a divorce uncontested when the spouses agree to use one attorney, agree on all issues, and cooperate in signing all documents necessary to finalize the matter.  Uncontested divorces are generally handled at a flat rate.

High Net Worth Divorce in Houston

Our Houston family lawyers and staff have the experience and tools to successfully litigate divorces for people with large assets and high-value estates. We employ aggressive discovery methods and state-of-the-art asset tracing through experts to protect your income and property.

Houston Publication Divorce

Just because you cannot find your spouse does not mean that you cannot get a divorce. Texas law allows for a missing spouse to be served with divorce papers through publication.  Although we handle publication divorces when a spouse is missing at a flat rate, they are usually more costly and take longer to complete.  Contact a Houston Family lawyer at The Rudisel Law Firm, P.C., for more information.

Texas Attorney General Cases

The Office of the Attorney General of the State of Texas (OAG) oversees child support cases in Texas.  The OAG often brings a suit against a non-custodial parent when a state interest is involved, such as a child on Medicaid.  Parents can also request the OAG to bring a suit against the other parent to establish paternity, child support, and medical support.  It is important to have a Houston family lawyer present when negotiating with the OAG, as they do not represent your interest. Visit the Texas Attorney General Child Support Division here.

Child Support in Houston

Child support in Texas follows guidelines outlined in the Texas Family Code.  The monthly amount of support is based on the obligor’s net monthly income (money received after taxes).  Child support is based on a percentage of the net monthly income, starting at 20 percent for one child and increasing with more children.  The Texas Family Code sets maximum amounts.

Houston Child Custody Cases

Child custody is called “conservatorship” under Texas Law.  Conservatorship deals with the rights, duties and responsibilities of parents regarding their children.  The following rights must be addressed in a divorce or custody suit:

  • Medical Decisions
  • Psychological/Psychiatric
  • Educational
  • Who receives child support
  • Early Marriage and Military enrollment
  • Geographical restrictions for children

Texas Divorce Mediation

Mediation is a settlement process where spouses can amicably discuss and reach agreements regarding their children and property. Mediation places the decision-making with the spouses, not the judge. Shawn M. Rudisel mediates family law cases for other family lawyers in Houston and recommends that all divorcing parties attempt mediation before going to court.


Parties can modify prior court orders in Texas (divorce decrees, custody orders, etc) if there has been a “material and substantial change” and the modification is in the child’s best interest.  Our Houston family lawyers frequently modify child support amounts, visitation, and custody orders.  Contact us for a complimentary consultation at a time convenient for you.


Paternity is established in Texas by genetic testing, admitting to paternity in court, signing documents at the child’s birth, or having a child during a marriage.  Paternity can be established and also undone under Texas law.  For parents seeking child support or visitation of children born outside of marriage, paternity must be established first. 

For men who believe they are not the biological father of a child and who are paying support, they must file a lawsuit and request genetic testing.  There are strict times tables to follow when attempting such a suit.  The Houston family lawyers at The Rudisel Law Firm, P.C. know the law inside and out and will help you if needed.

Premarital Agreements (Prenups)

Premarital agreements are executed by parties contemplating getting married.  The agreement identifies each party’s property and assets and dictates what happens to those assets upon divorce. 

Premarital agreements are complex and must be executed strictly with the law to be enforceable.  The divorce lawyers at The Rudisel Law Firm, P.C. have not only drafted complex agreements for clients; we have defeated them in court when hired.

Postmarital Agreements (Postnups)

Postmarital agreements are similar to premarital agreements, except they are executed by spouses during the marriage. Spouses can agree to make separate property communities and vice versa. They are also complex documents and must be drafted strictly with the law.

Property Division

Property division can be a complex process in divorce. The court must divide all assets in a “just and right” manner, which does not always mean 50/50. The courts can award one spouse a larger share of the assets if they find the other party at “fault” in the divorce. Visit our blog and read “Property and Debt Division in Texas” for a more in-depth look at the subject.

Sealing of Records

Texas divorce records are public and may be researched by anyone.  The law allows sealing records to keep information out of public view.  Some people may not want their financial information disclosed, while others want to avoid embarrassing information being seen by the public or potential employers.  The ability to seal a divorce in Texas is limited and unavailable to everyone.

Spousal Support

Texas law allows a divorcing spouse to receive spousal support or spousal maintenance on both a temporary (during the divorce) and a final basis.  The monthly maintenance amount is determined by the length of the marriage and the parties’ needs.


Texas law provides that the non-custodial parent has a Standard Possession Order (SPO).  The SPO gives the parent visitation on each month’s first, third, and fifth weekends, along with alternate holidays.  It also outlines a summer visitation schedule and the child’s birthday time.  The courts generally award the SPO. However, parents can create a custom schedule by utilizing the mediation process.  Shawn M. Rudisel has created hundreds of custom visitation orders through the years and was subject to one himself.

Client Testimonials

At The Rudisel Law Firm, P.C., we pride ourselves on delivering exceptional legal services to our clients. Our dedication to providing personalized, compassionate, and effective representation has earned us the trust and gratitude of many individuals and families. Don’t just take our word for it—read what our clients have to say about their experiences with our firm.

I hired Shawn to represent me during my divorce. I can't say enough good things about his firm. He was always patient and available to answer my many... read more

Kim Hoffpauir Avatar Kim Hoffpauir

Thank you to Shawn and his staff for making, what seemed like a nightmare of a custody battle go smooth. I honestly had my worries as we went through... read more

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I would definitely recommend this law firm if asked by a friend. They were able to schedule FREE consultation appointment in a very timely manner. They were able to give... read more

Saniya Sembinova Avatar Saniya Sembinova

I cant believe the other comments made by other people on this firm. Shawn Rudisel is as good as attorneys come. I personally work for a litigation support firm and... read more

Eric Salazar Avatar Eric Salazar

Hey guys I'm so thankful for Shawn and he's team, they help out so much with my child support case, and it went great, It said in my court papers... read more

Francisco Ochoa Avatar Francisco Ochoa

I would definitely recommend The Rudisel Law Firm if you’re in a child custody battle. Shawn and Samantha and his staff helped me get through it all. After months of... read more

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Contact The Rudisel Law Firm, P.C. today to schedule your complimentary consultation and take the first step toward resolving your family law matters. Our experienced Houston family law attorneys are ready to provide you with the guidance and support you need. Call us now at 713-781-7775 or visit our website to learn more about how we can help you protect your family, your rights, and your future.