Terminating a marriage is a difficult and emotional personal experience that is only complicated by the intersection of the law. While marriages are social unions and relationships, they are also in many ways a contractual agreement. As such, divorce proceedings often become a convoluted and overwhelming mixture of emotions and legal procedures. While working with experienced Johnson County divorce lawyers from Coontz Cochran can save you a great deal of frustration, understanding the basic facts about divorce laws in Texas can ensure that you know how to effectively protect your rights.
In an effort to provide the local residents of Johnson County and the surrounding regions with the factual and essential information they need to begin their divorce process, our legal team has answered some of the most common question we receive from our clients in the early stages of divorce.
The divorce process can vary considerably from case to case. While Texas imposes a minimum 60 day waiting period to complete the proceedings, there are many circumstantial factors that can affect the duration of a divorce. These factors can include whether or not a couple has children, whether or not the divorce is contested and how spousal support and property distribution matters are handled, among others.
It is imperative that anyone seeking a divorce understands that dissolving a marriage is not an overnight process. Having worked with hundreds of families and clients throughout the years, our firm understands the desire to resolve these matters quickly. This is why we work diligently to tackle any complications that arise and work to guide clients through their unique process as swiftly and successfully as possible.
Texas permits both no-fault and at-fault divorces. A no-fault divorce means that no party is at fault, or guilty, for the dissolution of a marriage. No-fault divorces are typically granted when a marriage has become insupportable due to conflict, or when a couple has been living separately for three years. At-fault divorces, on the other hand, involve one partner blames the other for marital misconduct. Common grounds for an at-fault divorce include adultery, abandonment, felony conviction and imprisonment and others. Courts may consider the grounds for an at-fault divorce when handling additional family law matters, including child custody and visitation rights.
Also referred to as alimony or maintenance, spousal support is the financial support one partner is required to pay another after a divorce. When granted by a court, spousal support will allow the partner with a lower income to receive scheduled payments from the other. There are numerous eligibility requirements an individual must meet in order to obtain maintenance payments. As there are also a number of extenuating circumstances that can affect alimony awards, it is recommended that you have an experienced divorce lawyer personally evaluate your situation in order to determine how spousal support will be handled during your case.
Texas law considers any property acquired by either spouse during a marriage to be community property that is owned equally by both partners. Courts typically divide property as a 50 - 50 split. If you believe you are entitled to keep separate property during your divorce, you must present clear and convincing evidence that your property or assets are not community property.
Representation is not a legal requirement during divorce proceedings. If you wish to complete divorce proceedings in a timely and successful manner, limit the potential of committing errors, and ensure that important family law matters are handled favorably, then working with qualified Burleson divorce attorneys is a wise decision. The fact of the matter is that divorce proceedings can be incredibly difficult. Filled with dense legal work, obscure legal concepts and a number of procedural requirements, the process can be overwhelming for those who are also experiencing a number of personal and emotional strains.
The divorce process, as well as any additional family law issues it may entail, is an arduous and difficult legal procedure. While these frequently asked questions can provide you with a starting point to learn about divorce, it is strongly advised that you seek personalized attention from our firm's Tarrant County and Johnson County divorce lawyers so that you can better understand how these legal actions apply to your unique situation. If you have any additional questions, or if you would like to learn more about your divorce, contact Coontz Cochran today.