When marriages are not happily ever after, the emotional trauma of divorce can be unpleasant. Both parents (and if there are children involved) are deeply affected. Whatever the contributing factors are, it is important you understand as much as you can before diving in and figuring it out as you go.
Dyer & Libby Attorneys at Law have prepared a few things you should consider when preparing to meet an attorney.
– Divorce Mediation Process. Before seeing a judge for your divorce, you are required to attend an informal gathering within the courts to try and negotiate your divorce agreements with each other.
– Alimony & Spousal Support. Do not count on alimony. There are actually requirements that must be met to see if a person is eligible for alimony. If this is a priority and a necessity, it is important you consult an attorney for your case.
– Child Custody Questions. In today’s legal rulings, joint custody is usually granted. There are variables however as to whether any parent can receive joint custody. Sometimes when joint custody is granted, it doesn’t necessarily mean equal physical time is shared. Children 12 and older can petition the courts to request primary residents.
– Legal separation Definition. Texas does not deal in legal separations. Basically, it’s either divorce or work it out without involving the court system.
– Placing Blame in a Relationship. Where some states want legitimate reasons for divorce, Texas does not need excuses. Your divorce can be granted simply stating your relationship is beyond reconciliation. However, in some cases, naming specific fault-based reasons for divorce can be beneficial. An attorney can consult with you on specifics.
– Residential state. In order to file for divorce in Texas one or both parties must be residing in Texas for at least 6 months.
– Intoxicated nuptials. If you have been under the influence of narcotics or alcohol, an annulment may be granted.
– Restraining of Future Marriages. Neither party may marry a third party until 31 days after a divorce decree. But, if in the event both former spouses realized their mistake and wish to re-marry, that can take place at any time.
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Please remember the above information cannot be construed as legal advice. It is always in the best interest of an individual to seek counsel from an attorney when dealing in any legal matter. Dyer & Libby Attorneys At Law can provide you with a consultation on your personal case and determine what the best course to take in helping you benefit the most for you and your family when dealing with this sensitive matter.