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Divorce can be an emotionally-painful experience as well as legally confusing. You will be faced with many decisions that can have a major effect on your future. These decisions can involve serious issues such as your finances, property, retirement, and children, as well as smaller matters, such as who will get the family dog or other family treasures. Resolving these issues can give rise to an array of emotions, from anger and resentment to scorn and animosity. Having a steady hand and the cool head of a trusted legal advisor by your side is essential in moving forward as smoothly as possible.
At the Law Office of Dana L. White, we recognize that you are experiencing a difficult or even traumatic time and we are focused on giving you the guidance you need. Our main task in divorce representation is to inform you of your legal rights and to protect your interests throughout the legal process. We want you to transition through your divorce to the other side with as little stress and as much confidence as possible.
In a Texas divorce, some of your rights and interests include but are not limited to:
- Division of assets; these include all marital property from real estate to bank accounts, investments, business ownership/interests, retirement accounts, and more.
- Division of debt accumulated during the marriage. These include mortgages, credit cards, medical bills, student loans, car notes, tax debt, and more.
- Spousal maintenance or alimony.
- Federal income tax liability.
The division of marital property and debt may be addressed before marriage in a prenuptial agreement or, after the marriage, in a post-marital agreement. These marital agreements set forth the property rights and responsibilities of each party should the marriage end in divorce. Such agreements are submitted to the court when a divorce ensues and are intended to dictate how the issue of marital property will be handled.
Further, if you have children under the age of 18, you may also need to address the following:
- Child support
- Custody (rights and duties of each parent)
- Periods of visitation
In an “uncontested” divorce, you and your spouse agree to all terms. Usually, only one party needs to be represented by an attorney. The other party does not need to be served by a process server because he or she will sign a waiver. This method is much less expensive, less stressful, and faster than other types of divorce but often is not possible due to issue disputes or the complicated nature of the case.
In contested divorces, both sides will need an attorney; these cases can be resolved through informal negotiation, mediation, or, where no agreement can be reached, through a trial in family court.
Texas provides a no-fault divorce option in which you and your spouse do not have to prove marital misconduct in court as the cause of the divorce. This is filed under “insupportability” in which you assert that the marriage cannot continue due to irreconcilable differences or disagreements. Texas also provides fault-based divorce grounds as well.
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