Experienced Divorce Attorneys Working For You
For better or worse, for richer or poorer as long as you live. Unfortunately, life happens and that is not always possible. Your marriage is ending, and you are getting a divorce.
Divorce can be frustrating, emotional and stressful. Your family has been the focus of your life, but now your family’s future is uncertain. Call Oxner Legha Law Firm if you need an accomplished divorce attorney.
You must decide spousal support; child support, who the children will live with and visitation; distribution of your assets and debts; whether your divorce is collaboration (no-fault) or if you will seek grounds for an at-fault divorce.
Collaborative Vs. Fault-Based Divorces
Texas allows for collaborative (no-fault) divorces, but that does not mean it will be uncomplicated. It can be a lot easier than fault-based divorces, but there are no easy divorce proceedings. If you can prove there was fault for your breakup, the court might consider that when property is divided.
Legal reasons for fault-based divorces include:
- Cruel treatment
- Abandonment for at least one year
- One spouse has been incarcerated for more than a year
- Your former partner has been in a mental hospital for more than three years
- You have been living apart for at least three years
- One of the spouses committed a felony
Collaborative divorces might not be the best option for everyone. It does have benefits, including more control of the outcome in a less combative environment. However, if you cannot reach an agreement, you could end up going to court anyway.
Divorce Proceedings Can Be Lengthy
There are several steps you must follow. It is best to hire an experienced divorce attorney to help you.
The steps include:
- Petition for Divorce
- Legal notice: The person initiating the divorce must give legal notice to their former partner
- Collaborative or no-fault decision
- Community property, asset and debt distribution, child issues and spousal support decisions
- If you have gone through a collaborative divorce and have a signed agreement, it will have to be approved by the court. If you cannot agree, you will have to go to divorce court
Help Managing The Consequences Of Your Divorce
If you are going through a divorce in Texas, we can help you minimize the negative impacts on your life. For a free initial consultation, contact our convenient Cypress offices via email or call 346-327-9500.