While you may be getting a divorce to get away from your spouse, the more you cooperate with them, the smoother your divorce may go. If you’re able to amicably negotiate property division, child custody and child support issues without needing much court intervention, you could potentially walk away faster, happier and with finances to spare.
Of course, not all divorces are friendly affairs. If you and your spouse don’t get along, you can expect more legal hurdles to overcome. This can result in a longer, expensive and stressful divorce.
LawInfo’s Texas Divorce Law articles can help relieve some of the stress of the process. You’ll learn about the state’s divorce prerequisites, how property is divided and many other divorce topics. Whether you need assistance in Houston, Austin or San Antonio, LawInfo can help connect you with a Texas divorce attorney.
When you get divorced, everything you both owned isn’t automatically split in half and divided between you two. Texas law allows each spouse to keep their separate property, which includes property owned individually prior to the marriage, gifts, inheritances, insurance benefits and damages recovered from personal injuries.
Property that was acquired during your marriage is considered community property. You and your spouse can try to decide how to distribute your community property between one another. If you are both satisfied and it is a relatively even division, a judge will typically allow the distribution. If you can’t agree on distribution, the court will decide upon a “just and equitable” division of your community property. This usually (but not always) results in an even, 50/50 split of community property.
Besides death, there are two ways to end a marriage in Texas: divorce or annulment. The main difference between the two methods is the validity of your marriage. A divorce ends a valid marriage whereas an annulment ends an invalid marriage.
To have a marriage annulled, you’d need to prove that the marriage was invalid based on one or more of the following grounds:
Texas law requires either the petitioner or respondent of a divorce to meet specific residency qualifications for a valid divorce to occur. To qualify for a divorce, only one spouse needs to have been a Texas resident for six months and a resident of the county where the divorce lawsuit is filed for 90 days prior to its filing.
While divorce may be common, when you go through it yourself, you still deserve dedicated, personal focus on your rights and unique situation. An experienced divorce lawyer can help you figure out the best way forward, explain the law, and represent you in court if it is ever necessary. Take the first step now and contact a local divorce attorney to discuss your divorce.