Helping Cedar Park Clients through the Texas Divorce Process
Divorce is a life-changing decision that often impacts more people than simply the two divorcing spouses. Especially when children are involved, the outcome of divorce seems to carry even more weight. When considering the divorce process, some of the most common concerns that many people will face include division of property, child custody, spousal support, and child support. Finding an attorney who has both experience and compassion when handling these sensitive issues can make all of the difference for those who are dealing with the stress around the divorce process.
At the Jackson Law Firm, our Cedar Park divorce attorneys have helped many people navigate the legal process of ending their marriages. This process can be stressful, and it is natural to be unsure of your legal rights under Texas divorce laws. However, with the help of our trusted legal team, you can emerge from your divorce in the best possible position. Contact our law office directly for a consultation today.
Services Available for Those Who are Going Through a Divorce
Facing everything that is unknown can be one of the most daunting aspects of a divorce, and understanding the support that your attorney can provide during this time can help alleviate this stress. At Jackson Law Firm, we offer a wide variety of services for our clients who are facing a divorce. These services include:
- Contested divorce
- Custody disputes
- Uncontested divorce
- Complex property division
- Prenuptial agreements
- Spousal support and alimony
- Modifications of custody and support
- Enforcement and contempt
- Child support review
- Grandparent’s rights
- Domestic violence
- Geographic relocation
The Benefits of Working with a Skilled Cedar Park Divorce Lawyer
Working with an experienced attorney can help you feel confident and informed as you face the divorce process. When you work with the Jackson Law Firm, we will put together a plan to address the following issues as they apply to your case.
Child Custody and Support
When children are involved, the situation becomes even more sensitive and delicate. Custody cases are often emotional, and it can be challenging to find a resolution that works for all parties involved while keeping the children’s best interests in mind. While many cases involve joint custody agreements, the judge is required to make decisions based on what they deem to be in the best interest of the child. In some cases, this might result in sole custody of one parent, or primary custody with visitation rights for the other parent. In Texas, custody and visitation are referred to as possession and access.
There will also be the important issue of supporting the child. In many cases, one parent will be ordered to pay child support to the other parent to contribute to the financial needs of the child. Child support is calculated based on a set formula, and exceptions to the formula are reserved for special situations. However, you want an attorney reviewing your child support orders to ensure the amount is fair given your income and other circumstances.
Division of Property
Texas is a “community property” state, meaning that when it comes to dividing property in a divorce, the courts will look to see what property was accumulated before and after the marriage in determining the division. In the state of Texas, “community” property is considered property that you and your spouse accumulated after you were married. All of the property that you acquired after your marriage, even if this property was assumed to be yours, is typically considered community property when the courts start to look at dividing assets. Separate property, which refers to property that you or your spouse had acquired before you were legally married, is usually not considered in the community division of property. Understanding what property each spouse came into the marriage with will help to establish community property versus separate property with the goal of an equitable split.
In Texas, dividing community property means that a judge is legally required to divide property in a way that is “just and right.” This might sound vague, but it is meant to indicate that the division of property takes each spouses’ individual circumstance into consideration when determining a fair division of property.
Spouses in Texas will share the household responsibility in different ways. In some situations, both spouses work full-time and contribute relatively evenly to the financial needs of the house. In other marriages, one spouse might be the primary earner, while the other works part-time, volunteers, or stays home to care for children and the household.
If one spouse has the ability to properly support themselves and the other does not, it might be appropriate for the court to issue a spousal maintenance order, also called alimony or spousal support. This support is intended to allow the non-earning spouse to gain the education, training, or skill needed to obtain gainful employment. Spousal support orders are based on one spouse’s need and the other spouse’s ability to pay, and this is often a hotly contested matter in a divorce case.
The right divorce lawyer can help you resolve the above issues and finalize your divorce in an efficient manner, while still ensuring that your rights and interests are fully protected.
Talk to a Cedar Park Divorce Attorney Today
Going through a divorce can be challenging and confusing for those who are unfamiliar with the legal process. For this reason, if you are thinking about a divorce or have decided this is the right choice for you and your spouse, it is advisable to speak with a Cedar Park divorce lawyer as soon as possible.
At the Jackson Law Firm, we have the experience needed to guide you through the divorce process in Cedar Park, Texas. We understand the challenges that accompany a divorce and are dedicated to helping our clients through this difficult time. Call us today at 281-475-4145 or contact us online to learn more about our services and to schedule an initial consultation to discuss your specific situation and the best next steps.