Jon R. Boyd, B.B.A., J.D., obtained his undergraduate degree in business administration from Southern Methodist University, then soon after graduated with a law degree from the University of Houston and was licensed to practice law in Texas in 1979. In addition to being in the State Bar of Texas, Jon is admitted to practice in Federal District Court (Northern District of Texas) and has held memberships variously in the American Bar Association, Texas Trial Lawyers’ Association, Collin County Bar Association, Hood County Bar Association, Dallas Bar Association and the National Association of Realtors. He has received offers of recognition from the State Bar of Texas for his volunteer work and participation in continuing legal education. Jon has practiced law continuously in the Dallas/N.Texas area since 1979 and has handled well over a thousand cases, including having contested trials in hundreds of cases, mediating in many others, and trying numerous jury trials. He has extensive experience in high conflict custody matters and high net worth property cases. Most of his practice has been devoted to contested matters.
Jon is a divorced father of four (now adult) children. He recalls the struggles of obtaining equal parenting rights and significant access to his children when he was divorced. This struggle helped form the passion with which he represents his clients.
His hobbies include hunting, fishing, nature, snow skiing, tennis, and other outdoor activities. He is also a (retired) private pilot who achieved his Instrument rating.
He has been proudly associated with Fathers for Equal Rights and the National Fathers Resource Center since 1995, where he has volunteered regularly. Jon is not board certified as a specialist in any area of law.
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- Federal District Court, Northern District of Texas
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- Boyd Family Law, PLLC
- Over 40 years of practice, I have had partners for some periods of time but have been a Sole Practitioner since 2007.
- University of Houston - Main Campus
- J.D. (1978) | Law Degree
- Collin County Bar Association
- Hood County Bar Associaton
- State Bar of Texas # 02773700
- Boyd Family Law Office
- Q. Custody/guardianship of 17 yr old in Texas
- A: Call CPS.
- Q. Do I have to travel to California from Texas to request that my sons biological fathers rights be terminated?
- A: Hello. I'm Jon R. Boyd, Family Law Attorney. Let me see if I can help.... I can't tell from your question - has there ever been a court order establishing parentage/paternity? If so, where? I need to know whether a court anywhere has ever taken jurisdiction over your child. If so, you may have to get that Court to relinquish jurisdiction/get a court here to take over jurisdiction. If not, I gather you and your child live in Texas. If the child has lived in Texas for at least the past 6 mos., and if you are filing a new suit, your suit would be filed in Texas in the County in which you and your child reside. You would file to terminate the bio father's rights and have your husband adopt your child. I hope this helps. This is a fact driven issue and therefore I recommend you consult with a family law attorney who is familiar with interstate jurisdiction questions. If you are located in the N. Texas area, I would be pleased to assist you.
- Q. Does my ex get the following weekend if his weekend and the holiday fall on the same weekend?
- A: Without seeing your Decree, I can' give you a definitive answer. However, based on your question, he would not get the second weekend of January since it would be a second weekend. Hope this helps! -Jon R Boyd, attorney
- Q. My grandchildren were placed in my home 12 years ago by CPS. Can they decide to go back with either parent?
- A: Hello, this is Jon R Boyd, attorney. Let me see if I can help - I assume the children live in Texas and the case is here in Texas. Under Texas Family Law, in a child custody case, a child of 12 years of age or older may be interviewed by the Judge in his/her office to ascertain the child's wishes and hear the child's view of the facts. However, the child's preference is NOT binding on the Judge. The Judge will still made the decision based on the judge's decision regarding what is in the child's best interest. For example, one parent may have promised the child some inducement such as a new car, will let the child stay up late, etc., and the child then wants to live with that parent. But if that parent would not be the best for the child, the Judge will not let the child live there. I hope this brief answer is helpful.
- Q. How do I get my 21 yo daughter out of her dad's house w/her stuff safely?
- A: I am so sorry to hear about your daughter! I hope she will be ok. I can see how that would be scary for you as her parents as well. Under Texas family law, if her husband has been violent or has threatened her with family violence, she may file for a Protective Order which would order him to vacate the residence and remain away, etc. And/or, she can file for divorce and get a similar order. I hope this helps. Let me know if you have any further questions. Thanks! -Jon R Boyd
- Q. The mother of my child is remarried, does that affect the amount of child support that I pay?
- A: Almost certainly not, unless she has remarried to some person who is affluent or there are other extenuating facts. Here's why: In Texas, child support is rebuttably presumed to be set in accordance with the "child support guidelines", which simply are percentages of income. For example, if you have one child, you pay 20%, two children 25%, and so forth. If you have children by another person, there is a different percentage, depending on the number of children. For example, if you have one child in question and you would normally pay 20%, and now if you have another child by another mother, the percentage drops from 20% to 17.5%, and so forth. Note: you will now find yourself paying 35% for the two children, not 25%. Why? because it would be 17.5% per child x 2 = 35% instead of two children by the same mother! Also remember at the outset I said "rebuttably presumed" - this means the law/the judge is already assuming, before hearing or knowing any facts about the case, that he/she will follow the percentage guidelines. Period. End of story. HOWEVER, you have the right to argue that the Court should deviate from the presumed guidelines based on additional factors which are set forth in the Family Code. Depending on the facts of each case, it is certainly possible to get a deviation from the guideline amount with good "lawyering". Good luck!
- Q. Can parents of the children stop the grandparents visiting? Grandparents are really good people..
- A: Yes. Grandparents have no legal right to visitation unless they obtain a court order allowing it and it is a difficult process for grandparents seeking court ordered access. -Jon R Boyd