Divorce

The Cedar Park Divorce Process

Posted by brian on January 7, 2019
Divorce Process Cedar Park

Divorce is a stressful upsetting time and no one expects you and your spouse to be able to part without at least one argument or disagreement. The process of divorce is planning for your future. You and your spouse must decide where your children will live and how you will both take care of your children. You have to divide your community and separate assets and debts while deciding who will have custody of the children.

Child Custody

Communicating well with your spouse and agreeing on your children’s custody will save you time and money. A good relationship with each parent is in the best interest of your children with an amicable relationship between you and your spouse to be able to communicate well and make decisions without causing disruption to your children’s lives. Your children’s custody may be sole custody with the non-custodial parent granted specific hours of visitation. If you choose joint custody, the hours your children will spend with you and the hours they’ll spend with your spouse must be documented. Joint custody requires you both raise your children equally. Specifically:

  • Sole custody gives one parent almost all the responsibility of your children. The custodial parent makes all the financial and legal decisions for the children, and the noncustodial parent must pay child support and have regular hours to have the children or visit them.
  • Joint custody means each parent provides a home and opportunities for the children, but they may spend more time with one parent than the other. The parent who spends more hours with the children is the primary custodial parent.
  • Joint legal custody means both parents decide where the children go to school and can represent the children in school, take the children to church, and get medical care for the children.
  • Joint physical custody gives each parent equal time with the children.
  • Third-party custody is given to a close relative if a parent died, the parents are unfit, or they can’t provide for the children. The custodial parent may receive child support and medical benefits for the children.

Equitable Distribution of Assets and Debts

The Jackson Firm can mediate your distribution of marital assets and liabilities competently and efficiently to achieve a successful outcome for all of your emotional turmoil. Equitable distribution in a Cedar Park, Texas, divorce means fair, not equal. Under Texas law, all property acquired during a Texas marriage is community property belonging to both of you unless proved otherwise. Texas Family Code Section 7.001 explains marital assets, such as your home and your cars, vs. separate assets, such as inheritances and gifts from outside of your marriage. Our Cedar Park Divorce Lawyer can help you invest money in your business, save your reputation, and reduce your court costs and legal fees.

Contact an Experienced Cedar Park Divorce Lawyer at The Jackson Firm

Contact the Jackson Law Firm today for a free initial consultation with our Cedar Park family law attorney to discuss your separation or divorce. Justin M. Jackson graduated magna cum laude in the top 3% of his class from Texas A&M University and St. Mary’s Law School. He’ll put his skills to work for you to craft an equitable future from your divorce. The Jackson Law Firm has two convenient offices, located in Cedar Park and Round Rock, Texas.

Related Articles

Divorce Attorney in Round Rock Texas

Is Collaborative Divorce a Good Choice?

Where collaborative divorce is concerned, Texas has been a leader since 1991. Since that year, Texans have had the ability to avoid public, contentious divorce, and instead, reconcile their differences in a more cooperative environment. While it’s a great choice for many of the state’s couples, it’s not right for everyone. Read on to learn […]

Round Rock Texas Divorce Lawyer

Can a divorce decree be changed in Texas?

Despite what the name suggests, a Final Decree of Divorce in Texas is not always final. Perhaps your former spouse took a new job and no longer has as much time to spend with the children as he or she once did. Perhaps the child visitation schedule set in your divorce decree does not match […]