FAQ: The Truth About The Divorce Process In Texas
Every divorce is different, and it is important to understand the facts before jumping to conclusions or having unrealistic expectations.
Here are answers to frequently asked divorce questions.
How Is Property Divided?
Texas is a community property state. Any property or debts you and your spouse acquired during the marriage are community property. Exceptions to the rule include property that was owned prior to the marriage or is part of an inheritance to one spouse, a gift from one spouse to the other and personal injury proceeds received by one spouse. Community property is divided equitably, not equally.
Who Will Have To Pay Spousal Maintenance?
Spousal maintenance is determined based on the education and employment status of each spouse, how long the marriage lasted and child support payments, as well as spouses’ physical and emotional well-being. At an initial consultation, I can give you a better idea of what to expect and how long payments may last.
Do I Have To Go To Court To Divorce?
No. As a certified mediator myself, I know the process well. I can represent you in a mediation session instead of going before a judge. Mediation is often used to save money and time and to keep the affairs of your divorce private.
How Long Does It Take For A Divorce To Be Finalized?
It depends on the complexity of the issues at hand and whether you and your spouse can reach an agreement. The more complex your case is, and the less willing you and your spouse are to compromise, the longer the divorce will likely take to finalize. It also depends on whether the divorce is contested or uncontested.
Why Do I Need A Divorce Attorney?
Every decision and agreement made in a divorce should be made strategically. Decisions can have tax implications that you may be unaware of, or you may not understand your rights in a divorce. I can help you to create a strong agreement that will be enforceable, protect your rights and reduce the amount of stress associated with handling a divorce on your own.