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Filing for a Divorce: What to Expect

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Divorce is one of the messiest things that a person can experience, most especially if the other party isn’t exactly cooperative with your terms. Living in Houston wouldn’t give you an exception when it comes to these situations so you have to make sure that you hire the best Houston divorce lawyer. While your trying to figure out which law firm that you can turn to, it would be a great idea if you start doing a little research on what to expect in a Houston divorce.  For starters, all Houston communities like Klein, which would then lead you to Klein divorce proceedings, are under the State Law of Texas. Here are the things that you might want to know about the divorce procedure.

 Do You Need a Divorce Lawyer?

This may sound like, well, a dumb question but you would be surprised to find out that there are some cases that you wouldn’t actually need a legal counsel. If you’ve no assets, no shared finances such as mutual bank accounts, and/or have no kids, then you can easily go through with the divorce without a lawyer. However, if you have children, have assets and bank accounts together, or you simply can’t handle the legalities alone, it is highly advisable that you immediately look for a decent divorce lawyer in Houston.

 Disagreements Often Lead to Court Decisions

For more difficult cases such as serious disagreements on both parties on the following points:

  • Child custody
  • Child support
  • Parenting classes
  • Parenting plan
  • Division of assets
  • Division of debts
  • Alimony

The court will then have to make the decision for you and your soon-to-be ex-husband or ex-wife. Disagreements can also make the divorce proceedings longer, which can be quite costly. Meanwhile, most uncontested divorces usually end rather quickly.

Other Things that You Need to Know

A lot of individuals think that alimony, or financial support after the divorce, is a sure thing. This isn’t really the case. Certain requirements are needed for you to qualify for alimony. Abandonment, mental illness, child custody, physical disabilities, and inability to be meet the minimum financial requirements are some of the things that would make you eligible. Make sure you talk to your lawyer regarding this concern.

Another thing that you need to know is that your child can choose where he wants to live if he is at least 12 years of age. You really don’t have a say on this really, most especially if the court has approved the child’s request.

Lastly, legal separation is not available in the state of Texas so you can only choose divorce or annulment so you can legally separate yourself with your current spouse. If you really need to disconnect yourself with your partner, temporary orders that are issued by the court can be provided for as long as the reason behind the request is valid.

There you have it. By being aware about the things that will happen during the divorce proceedings, you’re saving yourself from the element of surprise and stress because you’re already prepared emotionally as well as financially. It is all about being able to come up with the best solution that would satisfy both parties and you can only do this if you are willing to make things work and if you have a lawyer that can ensure that all these goals are achieved.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Michael Busby Jr. is a Divorce, Family Law, & Houston Divorce Lawyer,  who practices in Harris County Texas and the counties that surround Harris County, Texas. He has been in practice for over 14 years and has tried over 300 cases.  He is familiar with the policy and procedures of the Harris County Texas Divorce Courts.   Our office is open until 8:30 p.m. on Wednesdays and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. for working folks.

 

Michael Busby Jr.

2909 Hillcroft Suite 350

Houston, Texas 77057

(713) 974-1151

Visit me on the web at www.busby-lee.com