Establishing Parentage for LGBTQ+ Parents

A family is a family. One family may look a little different from the next, but the core of what makes having a family great still stands and is worthy of protection. Parentage brings not only the honor and responsibilities of being a parent but legal ground to stand on in upholding those protections. Heterosexual couples will generally not face as many boundaries relating to parentage unless there are legitimate Read More

What Are My Rights as a Parent After Divorce?

Becoming a parent is one of the biggest decisions we make in life. Bringing a child into this world (or adopting) comes with great responsibility. It also comes with certain parental rights such as the right to make decisions on your child’s behalf and the right to access information vital to their upbringing. We usually make these commitments with another person, but when that relationship breaks down the parental Read More

New Year’s Resolutions for Co-Parents

When we flip the calendar to a new year, we’re presented with another opportunity to improve ourselves, our circumstances, and the world around us. A lot of people take a look inside themselves, hopping on “New Year, New Me” trends for self-improvement. This can be a fantastic approach and we wish you the best of luck if you’re spending the new year looking for ways to be a better you! Of course, if you have children Read More

Getting the Most Out of the Holidays as a Co-Parent

‘Tis the season… for most. This time of year is generally spent with loved ones in celebration of each other and the year that has passed. Images of families passing food around the Thanksgiving table or pulling presents out from under the tree fill every commercial break on television right now. However, I understand this isn’t a reality for every family. Ultimately, some relationships falter and new accommodations Read More

What Happens When I File for a Custody Modification?

I have extensive experience working with families in custody cases. One of the common themes I’ve seen is that many parents don’t know what they’re getting into when they bring up a suit in order to get additional custody or visitation rights. There’s a lot that goes into this, and you’re going to need to prove to the court that the circumstances since the custody order was issued have changed in your favor. I want Read More

How to Prepare for Court

Going to court can be scary if you've never done it before. However, there are some things you can do to prepare and ensure everything goes smoothly.  1. Dress Appropriately  You should always dress appropriately when going to court. I recommend wearing something you would wear to church or to your grandma's house.  2. Understand How to Use Zoom (if applicable) If your hearing is on zoom, please be Read More

Our Rising Star

Erinakes Law, PLLC is proud to announce that Megan Erinakes, our founder, has earned recognition on the 2022 Texas Rising Stars list which honors the state's leading young attorneys. Texas Rising Stars is an annual list of exceptional lawyers in the state who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement.  Rising Star honorees must be 40 years old or younger or in practice for no more Read More

Common Issues to Consider When Getting a Divorce

If you are thinking about divorce, it is important to consider some common issues. Here are four categories of issues to give you a better understanding of all that a divorce entails.  Category One: Child Custody If you have children, the first category to consider is who has legal conservatorship. In Texas, parents are typically appointed Joint Managing Conservators. What does this mean? In a nutshell, Joint Read More

Helping Your Divorce Case

There are many things you can do to help your attorney during your legal matter. Here's a shortlist of some of those things.  1. Provide your attorney will all relevant information.  You should provide your attorney with any information relevant to your case. This includes not only information that bolsters your case, but also information that may harm your case. Know that these potentially "bad facts" are often Read More

Tech Resources to Help You in Your Legal Matter

Communication With Your Attorney 1. Notarize Notarize is a platform that allows you to legally sign and notarize documents 100% online. All you need is your identification and access to a webcam. This is perfect for notarizing documents during the COVID-19 pandemic.   2. Zoom Zoom is a video conferencing software that is utilized by most family courts. You can access Zoom meetings online, on the desktop app, or Read More