Divorce Attorney in Houston
If you and your spouse are considering filing for divorce, you need an experienced attorney to handle all the details. Call an experienced divorce attorney in Houston. The case will get complicated, and so it’s best not to attempt things on your own. We explore all possible solutions and protect your interests.
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Divorce is more than a legal problem. It is also a lifestyle change. It affects every aspect of your life. You become single again, your financial status changes, your relationships with friends, parents, in-laws and even your own children change. Your residence may change, you own less property, and you have less money and income. Your credit may be harmed. Trusting in the experience and knowledge of one of our lawyers can ultimately make the difference in the outcome of your proceedings.
The following five concepts will help you understand the process you may be about to begin:
- Residency requirements and grounds: Texas law requires individuals filing to end their marriage to have lived in the state for six months and in the county in which they are filing for 90 days. Both spouses involved do not need to want the divorce. A divorce may proceed if one spouse notes in the papers that the marriage cannot continue because the spouses are not getting along and are unlikely to fix the problem in the future.
- Alimony: Individuals who divorce in Texas may be ordered to pay alimony, or spousal support. To figure out the amount of the alimony payments and how long they should continue, the court may look at how long the marriage lasted and how much money each person has access to and owes. If it is determined that one spouse does qualify for alimony, the maximum term is three years, and the amount ordered cannot exceed 20 percent of the gross income of the paying spouse. A good deal of emotion surrounds the issue of alimony. A lawyer is equipped with the necessary skills to broach this sometimes difficult subject matter.
- Division of property: Texas is a "community property" state. This means that the courts try to divide the couple’s assets, as well as the debts they accumulated throughout their marriage, as evenly as possible. Some property, including property one spouse inherited from his or her family, may not be divided between the two, as long as it meets certain requirements. Texas law allows for a no-fault divorce, which means that you do not need to prove any grounds. However, if one party is at fault, which can include adultery, cruel treatment, and abandonment, the court may take that into consideration to determine how the couple’s property can be divided.
- Child custody and visitation: Whenever divorcing parents cannot work out child custody and visitation agreements on their own, Texas courts try to rule in the child’s best interests. Unless one parent can show a good reason why he or she should have primary or sole custody, the court will award joint custody to both parents.
- Child support: Texas courts may order one parent to pay child support to the other. The amount of that payment depends on the parent’s net income and other financial resources. The total percentage of net resources to be paid is based on the number of children in the family and ranges from 20 percent for one child to 40 percent for five children
If you are considering or facing a divorce, call a divorce attorney in Houston Katy, West Houston, Sugar Land, Stafford, Jersey Village, West University, and Piney Point Village. Your initial consultation is free.