In many states, property is divided equally during a divorce, with few exceptions. In Texas, though, judges have considerable discretion in deciding what property should go to which spouse.
Texas family law allows for informal marriage. So that in Texas if a man and woman live together, agree they are married and hold themselves out to the community as married, the state recognizes that marriage.
In Texas, the only way to legally change the terms of a divorce settlement is through a court-approved, post – divorce modification. Divorced couples often make the mistake of making verbal agreements to change the settlement terms without formalizing those changes with the court.
If you happen to own a business and are going through a divorce in Texas the process of property division can become very complicated. If the business falls under the category of community property under Texas family law, the business must be valued to determine its worth to the marital estate.
Working out the terms of child visitation can be stressful for both the parents and the children. In joint custody arrangements the rules that apply are more focused on equal participation than equal time with the minor children. The family courtâ€™s concern, however, is your childâ€™s best interest and the judge uses that as the standard in determining custody and visitation matters.
Under Texas marital law property falls within two categories: Separate property and community property. And although Texas is a community property state the rules on distribution are different than in other states.
One of the most difficult issues to resolve in a Texas divorce is child custody. Divorcing spouses often dispute who is the better parent, which can lead to using their children as weapons or bargaining chips.
At the beginning of a divorce it is not unusual for temporary child custody orders to be issued. When possible, it is best for all concerned that parents reach an agreement on child custody which can help to avoid high litigation costs and the emotional toll (http://www.nytimes.com/1983/12/13/science/divorce-s-stress-exacts-long-term-health-toll.html) that a custody battle can inflict. However, parents who cannot agree on child custody matters will have the matter decided by a judge in the Texas family courts.
In child custody cases, the goal of the Texas family court is to ensure children have frequent and continuing contact with each parent.
Financial analysis conducted early in the divorce process can save time. The average length of the U.S. divorce process is one year. In the beginning stages of the process, both parties spend a great deal of time trying to get a clear understanding of the financial aspects and terminology of the separation. A Certified Divorce [...]