Whether you or your spouse has initiated the divorce, this is a difficult time. No one enters into a marriage expecting it to fail. It may be that you can resolve your issues amicably, or you may need to litigate. We handle both contested and non-contested divorces, and every case is handled with compassion and care.
A divorce case potentially involves four major issues: dissolution of the marital relationship, a division of the spouses’ property, a suit affecting the parent-child relationship, and a suit for spousal support. In reaching a fair division of the property, we must determine the value and characterization of your assets as either community property, which must be divided during the divorce, or separate property, which is not divided. We can help you identify and achieve your financial goals for the future through a fair and equitable division of your marital property.
If divorcing spouses have minor children, a parenting plan must be included to address provisions for child support, custody, visitation, and rights and duties of the parents with respect to the children. The Texas Family Code includes the “child support guidelines” as a standard calculation for determining an appropriate child support payment amount. It is based on a percentage of the paying parent’s net resources, but there are many reasons to deviate from the standard calculation. Whether you are the parent who is paying or receiving child support, we can help you ensure that your children have the support they need in both households.
One of the most important and difficult decisions in the divorce process involves splitting time with the children between the parents. Texas law includes a “Standard Possession Order” which provides a general framework for how time with the children may be allocated. We will help you decide whether this standard schedule is right for your family, or help you find one that meets your needs.
Spousal support, also known as spousal maintenance, may be awarded in a divorce case either on a temporary or ongoing basis, depending upon the facts of the case. A variety of factors may be considered, including: the duration of the marriage, the age, employment history, and earning ability of the spouses, and the contribution of a spouse as a homemaker. We can help you determine whether spousal support may be available in your case.