Understanding Divorce in Texas

Divorce, the legal dissolution of a marriage, is a complex and emotionally draining process. It involves several legal considerations, from asset division to child custody. The America Family Law Center is here to help you navigate through this challenging time by offering comprehensive legal assistance.

How long does it take to get a divorce?

The duration of a divorce procedure in Texas can vary depending on the circumstances. A divorce in Texas can take anywhere from 60 days (the minimum waiting period) to several months or even a year for more complicated cases. Consulting with our legal team can help you get a more accurate timeline based on your situation. Learn more about the Texas divorce waiting period on the Texas Statutes website.

How much does a divorce cost?

The cost of divorce in Texas can vary greatly and depends on several factors, including whether the divorce is contested, the complexity of asset division, and if child custody is involved. The legal assistance America Family Law Center provides strives to make the process more manageable and affordable.

Do I need to hire a lawyer to get a divorce?

While filing for a divorce independently is possible, having a lawyer ensures your interests are represented. The legal team at America Family Law Center is here to guide you through the process, making sure you understand every step and your rights are protected.

What do I need to do to get full custody of my children?

Full custody, also known as sole managing conservatorship in Texas, involves many factors. Texas courts generally believe that children should have frequent and continuing contact with both parents. Therefore, obtaining sole custody requires demonstrating to the court that it is in the child's best interests. This process can be quite complex, so our legal team is here to assist. More information about child custody is on the Texas Attorney General's Child Support Division page.


Can I get more than half of our property?

In Texas, a community property state, assets, and debts acquired during the marriage are divided equitably but not always equally. Factors such as earning capacity, who has custody of children, and fault in the breakup of the marriage can influence asset division. Our legal assistance can help you understand this intricate process.

What is a parenting plan, and why is it important?

A parenting plan outlines how parents will continue to care for and provide for their children after separation or divorce. It covers aspects such as living arrangements, education, healthcare, and more. A well-thought-out parenting plan is crucial as it minimizes conflict and provides a structured environment for children. The Child Protection Services site provides more detailed information on parenting after separation.

Can I get my alimony in Texas?

Alimony, known as spousal maintenance in Texas, is not guaranteed and depends on various factors, such as the length of the marriage and the financial resources of each spouse. Our legal team can help you understand your rights and potential entitlements.

Can I get my spouse’s retirement money or pension?

Division of retirement accounts and pensions can be a complex aspect of divorce. In Texas, these assets may be considered community property and are subject to division. How they are divided depends on the specifics of the case. Discuss your situation with our legal team for accurate information.

How much is child support?

Child support in Texas is typically calculated based on the non-custodial parent's income and the number of children they are responsible for. For more specific information, visit the Texas Attorney General’s Child Support website.

Can I still be in my spouse's will after we get divorced?

Texas law automatically removes a former spouse from a will after a divorce. However, to ensure your interests are protected, it is advisable to update your estate planning documents with the assistance of a legal professional.

Who will get to make decisions regarding the children?

Decisions about the children, known as conservatorship in Texas, can be shared by both parents or granted solely to one parent, depending on the child's best interests. Our legal team can help you understand your rights and responsibilities in these matters.

Will the children get to live with me?

Residential custody is determined based on several factors, including the child's best interests. Courts in Texas consider a variety of factors in making this decision. Consult with our legal team to explore your options.

What is visitation?

Visitation, also known as possession and access in Texas, refers to the time a non-custodial parent spends with their child. Texas law provides standard possession orders, but these can be customized based on the child's needs and best interests.

What does joint custody mean?

Joint custody, also known as joint managing conservatorship in Texas, means both parents share decision-making responsibilities for their child. It doesn't necessarily mean equal possession time. Specifics can vary greatly, and our legal team can guide you through your situation.

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Navigating the complexities of divorce can be overwhelming. But remember, you are not alone. Our compassionate legal team at America Family Law Center is here to guide you every step of the way. Reach out to us today, and let us help you through this challenging time.

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