Seeking The Best Possible Outcome For Your Divorce Case
Ending a marriage can be a stressful time - emotionally, practically, and financially. In addition, you must follow a specific legal process and meet several requirements before the court will issue a final divorce judgment. Without this judgment, you are still legally married, and you will not be able to marry anyone else.
At the Law Office of Kyle Whitaker, our goal is to help clients obtain divorce orders with favorable terms as efficiently as possible, so they can move forward with their lives. If you are considering divorce, or if your spouse has already filed for divorce, do not wait to contact a Fort Worth divorce lawyer to discuss your situation.
What are Grounds for Divorce in Texas?
When you file for divorce, the law requires that you cite grounds for the termination of your marriage. Texas is one state that allows you to choose between no-fault grounds and fault-based grounds, and this decision can impact your case in many ways, so you want to discuss this matter with your attorney carefully. You can cite one of the following on your divorce petition:
- Insupportability of the marriage (no-fault)
- Living separately for three years
- Cruelty by your spouse
- Adultery by your spouse
- A felony conviction that resulted in one year or longer in prison
- Abandonment by your spouse for one year or longer
- Your spouse is confined to a mental institution
Is Property Split 50/50?
Texas is a community property state, which means the law considers property acquired during marriages to be owned equally by the spouses. However, when it comes time to divide community property in a Texas divorce, the split might not be exactly 50/50. Instead, Texas courts determine what type of division would be “just and right” based on the circumstances. Factors considered include:
- Fault for the divorce
- The earning ability of each spouse
- The education and health of each spouse
- Each spouse’s separate property
- Child custody arrangements
You want the right lawyer protecting your rights to the community property you deserve.
How is Custody Determined?
Child custody is a main issue in any divorce case involving shared children. Texas law refers to custody as “conservatorship” of a child, and parents often share both decision-making powers and physical time with their children. Courts base conservatorship decisions on what is in the best interest of the child, and they can consider:
- The willingness of each parent to cooperate and facilitate relationships with the other parent
- The ability of each parent to care for the child
- Behaviors that might put the child at risk of harm
- Special needs of the child
- Any other relevant information
Learn How an Experienced Fort Worth Divorce Lawyer Can Help
The Law Office of Kyle Whitaker has been representing clients during the divorce process for more than 20 years, and we know how to achieve the best possible results in each individual case. You do not have to face your divorce alone, as we are ready to help. Call 817-332-7703 or contact us online for more information about how a Fort Worth divorce attorney might assist you and your family.