Stephenville Divorce Lawyer
Experienced Family Attorney Guiding You in Tough Times
If you have decided that it is time to end your marriage, working with an experienced Stephenville divorce attorney can make all the difference in your case. We understand that your world might feel like it is spiraling out of control during this time. Trying to figure out what legal steps you need to take as you face this emotional turmoil can be a nightmare. Fortunately, the Law Offices of Brady L. Pendleton is here to guide and support you throughout every stage of the process.
By joining us for a free consultation, you can begin to understand your rights and options, as well as have many of your questions answered. As your legal advocate, we can help ensure that your rights and interests remain protected through your divorce and that you receive a fair outcome to your case.
Don’t go through this time alone. Call (888) 246-6869 now for personalized legal representation.
Understanding Property Division in Texas
One of the primary components of every divorce is that of property division. Texas is a community property state. This means that, in the eyes of the law, most of the property that you and your spouse acquired during your marriage belongs to both of you. Therefore, it will need to be divided equitably between you during a divorce. This does not necessarily mean that it will be divided 50/50.
There are several factors that a court will take into consideration to determine what an equitable division means for each case, including:
- Each spouse’s health
- The income-earning ability of each party
- Each spouse’s employability
- Which party has custody of the children
- Fault in the dissolution of the marriage
- Each spouse’s education
Contested Vs. Uncontested Divorce
In Texas, there are two main types of divorce: Contested and uncontested. Although both forms lead to the termination of a marriage through the family court system, the process is different for each.
The distinctions between an uncontested and contested divorce include:
- Uncontested Divorce – In this type of divorce, both parties can reach an agreement on all the major issues in their divorce. This includes matters such as property division, spousal maintenance, child custody, and child support. One of the primary advantages of an uncontested divorce is that the process is usually significantly shorter. This type of divorce is the general course for those who do not have any minor children or complex marital assets.
- Contested Divorce – When spouses cannot agree on the terms of their divorce, the divorce is considered to be “contested.” These divorces typically involve high assets, where the parties are concerned about how to divide businesses, stocks, multiple homes, and retirement accounts. Those who have minor children often go through this type of divorce, as it can be hard to reach an agreement on custody and visitation issues, as well as who will pay child support and how much.
If you are wondering which route is right for your divorce, consult with our experienced Stephenville divorce lawyer at the Law Offices of Brady L. Pendleton. Whatever specific issues you are facing, we can help you make an informed decision about how to proceed.
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