San Antonio Family Law Attorney

At The Law Office of Steven C. Benke, we strive to meet the needs of our clients each and every day. We are well versed in many areas of the law, but one of our main focuses involves family law. We strive to assist our clients with a number of family law issues including divorce, child support, child custody, custodial and non-custodial parent rights, father’s rights, grandparent’s rights, adoption, domestic violence, protective orders, and much more. The Law Office of Steven C. Benke is more than happy to answer any questions about family law and even offers a free consultation.

Founder: Steven C. Benke

Steven C. Benke has been practicing law for more than 15 years and brings a world of experience to our thriving company. He has served on more than 4,000 family law cases in the state of Texas and has more experience than nearly anyone in the San Antonio area. He is also a valuable member of the Texas Bar Association as well as the San Antonio Bar Association, and he actively participates in the family law section of both organizations. Steven believes it is essential that our company remains involved in as many aspects of family law as possible.

Family Law Associates: Alicia M. Galvany, Ashley M. Larios and Diana Wheeler

The Law Office of Steven C. Benke wouldn’t be complete without the addition of Alicia M. Galvany, Ashley M. Larios and Diana Wheeler. Alicia came to our office in 2011 after serving in the United States Army for a number of years. She has worked with victims of domestic violence and has practiced law in Texas since 2008. She is well educated, well experienced, and is an asset to our company.

Ashley M. Larios joined our company in 2013 and has degrees from multiple prestigious universities. She spent time working for the Texas Attorney General in the Child Support Division and brings the knowledge that she gained from there to our company. Her experience has made her a vital part of our family law team.

Diana L. Wheeler joined our Family Law practice in 2014. She obtained her law degree from the University of Oklahoma College of Law in 2011. Ms. Wheeler also brings to the firm her prior experience with Child Protective Services and Court Appointed Special Advocates, both of which involved complex custody issues.

Impressive Credentials

What sets us apart and makes us experts in family law at The Law Office of Steven C. Benke? For starters, our office is an esteemed member of the Better Business Bureau (BBB) and Steven C Benke is a Board Certified Attorney in the the field of Family Law.. Furthermore, we have been included on the list of KSAT legal experts. We feel these credentials are just part of what make us extremely knowledgeable in our field, however; it is also our dedicated and professional team of lawyers.

Contact the Law Office of Steven C. Benke at (210) 308-0004 for a free consultation if you are seeking expert help on family law matters.

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Family Law Attorneys

Family Law Attorneys practice law in the area that deals with all the legal issues arising from the family relationship between the husband and wife and children and even extended family members. Family Law Attorneys deal with all aspects of divorce.

Family Law Attorneys or Family Law Lawyers are often referred to as Divorce Lawyers. But Family Law encompasses such areas as; child custody, child support, annulments, property division, alimony, paternity, Father’s rights, adoption, protective orders, civilian and military divorce, spousal abuse, pre-nuptial agreements and often times are involved with estate planning, wills, probate and other legal issues that can face a family.

Divorce Lawyers

A Divorce Lawyer handles the legal termination of a marriage by a court. Divorce proceedings require a petition or complaint for divorce by a spouse. The two types of divorce are fault and no-fault. A no-fault divorce occurs when neither spouse is required to prove fault of the other party, but only testify that their marriage has reach the point of irreconcilable differences between the parties. The fault divorce is a judicial termination of a marriage based on one spouse or both having marital misconduct. The marital misconduct or statutory cause will require proof in a court of law.

Texas Board Certified Family Law Attorney

Only around 10% of attorneys in the State of Texas have been certified by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization and even fewer have been certified in Family Law. The State of Texas recognizes and certifies Family Law Attorneys. A Family Law Attorney that has been Board Certified by the State of Texas can display the Board Certification Badge on their website or any other form of advertising. The process of becoming a Board Certified Family Law Attorney requires a great deal of expertise in the area of Family Law. The Board Certified distinction allows the public to know that a lawyer has met the difficult requirements of being certified by the State of Texas as a Board Certified Family Law Attorney.

Family Law –A Brief Glimpse into History

Lawyers across the world practice and specialize in areas of family law. This branch of law covers many legal issues including marriage, divorce, child custody, adoption, and establishing parentage. As the dynamic of a family changes, family law evolves to govern those who seek fairness. San Antonio Divorce Attorney Steve C. Benke practices the law as we know it today, but is cognizant of how and from where our laws evolved.

Sources of Family Law

Different cultures have unique ways of governing a family in times of dispute. In the United States, there are five sources that paved the way for how family law is practiced today. Our laws stem from the following sources:

A state’s constitutional and statutory law
The United States Constitution
Federal Law
Tax Law
Welfare Law
Regulation and zoning laws
Social Influences

Family law represents our values as a society. In instances of divorce or separation, protecting the rights of each individual is important. When children are added to the equation, their rights are placed first because they are the unintended victims. Therefore, family law as it relates to child custody aims to identify the parent or legal guardian that represents the best interest of the children.

For most of our history, the nuclear family was one with two-heterosexual parents. As our ideas of marriage and family evolve, family law has been amended to recognize the rise of civil unions, domestic partnerships, and same-sex marriages.

Common Law of England

For centuries, the legitimacy of a child was important for inheritance and succession. The best way to ensure a child was legitimate was through marriage, where pregnancies would occur after a couple was legally united. Similarly, legal adoptions were created by consent as a result of the Roman law of inheritance.

Common law used to leave decision making regarding family matters to the father, often done in silence. Legal influence from the outside would only intervene in instances of serious child abuse. Modern law intervenes more readily into family matters to protect the welfare of children; intervening even in instances of no abuse. Due to these factors, family law concerning child custody is more complex and judgments about choosing a custodial parent is becoming increasingly difficult.

Marriage and Divorce

Marriage has evolved significantly, as many women are now economically dependent. Most marriages in America are voluntary and not a mechanism for the transfer of property or economic exchange. Modern laws involving property reflect the wishes and desires of married or divorcing couples rather than particular cultural or religious customs. The idea of protecting individual property and assets gave rise to the practice of prenuptial agreements beginning in the late 20th century.

Laws evolve and change over time. Family law has transitioned through the centuries from a focus on inheritance and succession, to laws that protect children from abuse and recognizing women as economically dependent from their spouses. If you have questions regarding issues of child custody, determining paternity, or property rights in divorce, contact a Board Certified Family Law Attorney today.