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When a marriage is no longer healthy or happy, divorce is a way the couple can legally end their relationship and retain their individual shares of their marital assets.
Some divorces are relatively straightforward processes. Others are complicated, particularly when the couple has a high net worth or children who need to have child support and conservatorship orders established.
Your divorce will involve the division of your marital property, no matter how much or how little marital property you have. Marital property is property obtained during the marriage, except for assets obtained through inheritance or as gifts. These items, like items owned prior to entering the marriage that did not change in value because of your spouse’s involvement during the marriage, are separate property.
If you have children, your divorce order will also include a conservatorship and a child custody order. It could also involve a spousal support order if you or your partner spent a significant time out of the workforce to care for your home and children.
Our firm works with divorcing individuals who are facing the issues above as well as:
- Complex property division;
- Father’s rights;
- Grandparents’ rights;
- Domestic violence and protective orders; and
- Post-divorce modification.
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To file for divorce in Galveston County, you or your spouse must have lived in Texas for at least six months. Divorces are filed in county court. A divorce petition must be filed in the county where the petitioner or his or her spouse has lived for at least 90 days.
In Texas, a couple can complete a fault-based or no-fault divorce. The fault-based grounds for divorce in Texas are:
- Intentional abandonment of at least one year;
- Incarceration for more than one year;
- Confinement in a mental health facility for three years or longer; and
- Living apart for at least three years.
If the couple agrees that their divorce is due to irreconcilable differences, they may file a no-fault divorce. If one of the above faults is cited in the couple’s divorce petition, it may be considered when determining an appropriate division of their marital assets. In Texas, divorce courts follow the doctrine of community property when dividing couples’ marital assets, which means that usually, the property is split 50/50 between the spouses. In some cases, such as cases where there is a significant income disparity between the partners, the court may determine an unequal, yet equitable, division is more appropriate.
When you know your marriage is over, discuss the divorce process with an experienced divorce lawyer to help yourself prepare for this life-changing transition. Contact our team at Scott M. Brown & Associates today to set up your legal consultation during which we can discuss your case’s specific details to help you prepare for the divorce process and develop realistic expectations for life after your divorce.