North Texas Divorce Lawyer
When someone decides to leave their marriage it is almost never an easy choice. It’s a decision that is usually made only after a long period of difficult personal and emotional conflicts. If you choose to divorce, you will not only need a skilled and experienced divorce lawyer who can get the job done right, but you’ll also need a lawyer who will be sensitive and understanding through every stage of the divorce process. At Williamson Law Firm, an experienced Dallas divorce lawyer will understand the private and sensitive issues that a couple must resolve during a divorce procedure.
Our divorce lawyers will work in collaboration with the other side’s attorney or attorneys to reach the best possible divorce resolution, and we have substantial experience at Williamson Law Firm in resolving divorces and divorce-related disputes through both mediation and litigation. We successfully resolve family law matters on behalf of families, parents, and their children in Dallas, Plano, Frisco, Allen, Addison and across North Texas, and we’ve been helping families here for more than a quarter of a century.
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What Are The Legal Grounds For A Divorce In Texas?
The law in Texas allows for both “fault” and “no-fault” divorce. Fault-based grounds for divorce may include adultery, cruelty, a felony conviction, abandonment, or confinement to a mental institution. In a no-fault divorce, however, the court does not need to assign fault to either spouse. Instead, Texas no-fault divorce papers spell out that the marriage has become “insupportable due to conflict between the parties and that there is no reasonable expectation of reconciliation.” Often, the major stumbling block when spouses are negotiating a divorce settlement is the division of property and assets.
In most instances, what’s considered marital property is the property acquired during the marriage, while separate property is any property which was acquired by gift, inheritance, or by ownership prior to the marriage. However, in a Texas divorce, there may be several exceptions to these general rules. At Williamson Law Firm, our divorce attorneys have the experience and legal skills to handle the most complex divisions of marital assets during a divorce proceeding.
The state of Texas also grants divorces based on the following fault grounds:
If either spouse or both spouses have cheated, a divorce may be granted.
Cruelty: When one spouse’s cruel treatment of the other makes continuing the marriage impossible, a divorce will be granted.
When spouses have lived separately and apart from one another for at least three years, a divorce may be granted.
If one spouse intentionally abandons the other for at least a year, the court may grant a divorce to the abandoned spouse.
If a spouse is convicted of a felony, serves more than a year in prison, and has not been pardoned, the other spouse may be granted a divorce.
Confinement to a Mental Institution
This ground for divorce requires one spouse to be confined in a state or private mental hospital for at least three years, along with the requirement that “the mental disorder is of such a degree and nature that adjustment is unlikely or that, if adjustment occurs, relapse is probable.”
What Are The Other Requirements For A Divorce In Texas?
To obtain a divorce in this state, at least one spouse must meet the Texas residency requirements. Thus, one spouse must have lived in the state for at least six months immediately prior to the divorce filing and must be a resident of the county where divorce papers are filed for at least ninety days immediately prior to the filing.
Once divorce papers are filed by the petitioning spouse, the spouse receiving the papers (called the “respondent”) must file a response promptly or lose the right to dispute any of the accusations in the divorce complaint.
Negotiations conducted away from a courtroom can often expedite the divorce process. A negotiated divorce usually requires less time and expense than a contested divorce that goes to trial. In Texas, contested divorces can drag on – sometimes for months.
However, if you and your spouse cannot reach agreements out-of-court, the lawyers at the Williamson Law Firm will fight for you in court, and our record of courtroom successes on behalf of our clients is impressive.
If the spouses can mutually agree to an out-of-court settlement of their differences through negotiations and mediation, a Texas court can enter a final decree of divorce sixty days after the initial filing. However, if the divorcing spouses cannot reach an agreement, the divorce will move to a trial phase where the remaining matters in dispute will be decided by a judge or by a jury. If your divorce becomes a trial, an experienced Dallas divorce lawyer at Williamson Law Firm will aggressively defend your interests and ensure your just and proper treatment.
Some of the divorces in Texas may require a bit of extra time and patience. The divorce process is never easy, and it’s seldom straightforward. A number of laws, rules, and regulations govern the divorce process in Texas and must be adhered to, so you cannot face the uncertainties of divorce alone or unprepared. At the Williamson Law Firm experienced divorce lawyers provide the highest level of legal support to help our clients successfully prevail over the most daunting divorce challenges. Call us at 469-385-3305 or use the contact form here on our website to arrange a personal consultation with a truly experienced Texas divorce attorney.