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It’s a common misconception in Texas that filing for a divorce is quick and easy. The truth is, however, that for many people, filing for divorce is stressful. This is a complex and lengthy process. Then there is the worry and anxiety about the future and upcoming changes often leave many parties preoccupied, distracted and unable to think clearly.
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Finding a divorce lawyer that is knowledgeable in family law matters, one who can offer a helping hand through the process so that you can focus on rebuilding your life and plan for your future, is essential. You don’t want the security of your future livelihood to depend on a decision or oversight you made when dealing with the emotional stress of divorce.
Hiring an experienced divorce attorney brings all kinds of benefits, including, but not limited to:
- They can offer legal advice on legal issues and difficult decisions you need to make as you divide your estate.
- They offer a clear, objective opinion informed by having gone through the process countless times before, to ensure you don’t make any mistakes you could regret later.
- They can help ensure your interests are fully protected for any binding agreement you reach.
- Advocacy during informal negotiation, mediation, and trial, if necessary.
- They can help you expedite the process so that you can get on with the next phase of your life as soon as possible.
Understanding the Legal Grounds for Divorce in Texas
Texas state law recognizes seven acceptable grounds to file for divorce:
- Insupportability: This is the most common reason to file for divorce in Texas. It simply refers to a conflict of personalities as the reason for the filing. This is typically included along with other grounds as proof of these grounds are required.
- Living Apart: If you have lived separately from one another without cohabitation for three years or more.
- Cruelty: If one spouse behaves in a cruel manner towards the other to the point that they can no longer reasonably be expected to live together.
- Mental Hospital: If one spouse has been kept in a mental hospital for at least three years with the expectation that full recovery is not likely.
- Conviction of a Felony: If one spouse has been convicted or imprisoned by the state for committing a felony.
- Abandonment: If one spouse has left the other for more than a year or has left with the intention of abandoning them.
- Adultery: If at least one spouse has committed adultery.
Some Common Questions about Divorce in Texas:
Q: What happens to our house?
A: There are a few things that can happen. The more common options are for one spouse to buy out the other spouse. Another common option is to sell the home and split the equity. Want to know more? Call our offices today.
Q: Will I be able to get alimony/spousal support?
A: While it is more common for spousal maintenance payments to be court mandated during proceedings, there are several factors that must exist for spousal maintenance to be ordered after a divorce is complete. If you’d like to know more, call our offices today.
Q: Am I required to retain an Attorney for my divorce?
A: You are not legally required to use an attorney, no. However, you will be held to the same standard as an attorney should you choose to represent yourself. Due to the emotionally trying and stressful nature of divorce, we do not recommend trying to represent yourself in divorce proceedings in Texas.
Q: Who will get custody of our children?
A: In divorce proceedings, Texas Judges always make decisions in terms of what they consider to be “the best interest of the child.” This means their concern is not about being fair to parents, but putting the child’s needs first. Texas state law works from the assumption that a healthy relationship with both parents is ideal. So in every case, the judge will evaluate the details and make a decision.
Handling All Aspects Of Your Divorce
At the Nolter Law Firm our attorneys have helped Denton residents with divorce and other family law matters for many years. Whether you need assistance with property division, child custody and visitation, spousal support or any other related divorce matter, we can help. We are familiar with the laws, procedures and parties involved in family law matters.
We have the knowledge to assist with all steps of your divorce, including:
- Filing the petition/answering a petition
- Gathering information pertaining to the marriage
- Settlement negotiations
- Handling contested hearings and trials
Whether your divorce is uncontested and mediation is a viable option or an agreement is unreachable and litigation is necessary, we can offer vital advocacy to make sure your rights are protected and you have an advocate on your side.
Contact Our Office
If you are facing a divorce, call us at 940-800-8025 or fill out our online form to set up an appointment. We offer free initial consultations.
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