Helping Our Clients Effectively Dissolve Their Marriage
Serving Residents of Harris County & the Surrounding Areas
Coming to terms with the idea of getting a divorce is a difficult and often traumatic process. Depending on the length of the marriage, the marital estate might be very complex and valuable. Perhaps there are young children involved, and the parents must grapple with the idea of splitting possession and decision making. Plus, it can be expensive, particularly when the parties begin living in two separate households. All of this can be very overwhelming to someone who has decided to pursue a divorce. And while having an attorney is by no means a requirement, obtaining a competent family lawyer can help guide you through the divorce process.
Requirements of Divorce
Most states require a ‘cooling-off’ period. In Texas, this period is 60 days. This means that, once a formal petition for divorce is filed, the case cannot be completely finalized until the 61st day it has been on file. Additionally, Texas has certain residential requirements that must be met before someone can file for divorce. At least one party must be a resident of the state of Texas for at least 6 months, and a resident of that county for 90 days before a petition for divorce can be filed.
Contested vs. Uncontested Divorce
There are two main types of divorces in Texas: contested or uncontested.
A contested divorce means that the parties cannot agree on important matters, such as:
- splitting retirement accounts
- selling the marital house
- determining child custody and support
- dividing marital assets and debts
An uncontested divorce occurs when the parties can agree on all aspects of the divorce, and they simply need to memorialize this agreement in a final court order. While they can do this without the assistance of a lawyer, it is recommended that at least one party retains a lawyer to ensure the paperwork is drafted appropriately, and that all documents are drafted to ensure the conveyance of property (like deeds). Uncontested divorces tend to be less expensive and time-consuming than contested cases.
High Net-Worth Divorce
In Texas, the division of marital assets must be ‘just and right’. This does not necessarily mean assets should be split evenly, but the division must be fair for all parties involved. High net-worth estates can be incredibly complex and contain items such as:
- multiple real properties
- multiple investment accounts
- multiple businesses
To get a proper and accurate valuation of the estate, it is often necessary to hire experts to ensure the items are divided fairly.
Let Our Pearland Attorneys Help You Resolve Your Marriage
Navigating the divorce process can be intimidating but hiring a lawyer to help you through it can be immensely worthwhile. They will ensure your paperwork is appropriate and ensure the rules of procedure are followed. It is also worth the investment for your peace of mind, knowing that you have someone in your corner who can advocate for your best interests.
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