Family Law disputes can be very complex and stressful to a person’s life, and as such, our family law attorneys will work hard to make sure that your needs are met and your interests are protected.
The team of family law attorneys at Modjarrad | Abusaad | Said handle a wide variety of family matters, including: divorce, custody, support, enforcement, annulment, modification, and parental rights.
- Divorce Process in Texas
- Jurisdiction and Grounds for Divorce in Texas
- Uncontested Divorce
- Texas Child Support and Visitation
- Spousal Maintenance
At MAS Law Firm, our divorce lawyers understand that divorce is one of the most significant, life changing, emotional, and difficult legal proceedings that a person will ever face. The dissolution of a marriage can become very complicated and it is emotionally taxing.
If you need a divorce and would like to speak with a family law attorney, our team of experienced family law attorneys are here to help you. If there is a possibility of reconciliation, we will work hard to help you reconcile. If there is no possibility of reconciliation, we can help and stand by your side during the divorce proceeding. Our divorce attorneys help clients with all aspects of divorce.
DIVORCE PROCESS IN TEXAS
A divorce proceeding starts with filing a document requesting the Texas court to dissolve the marriage; this document is called the “Original Petition for Divorce.” The divorce petition is filed in the District Court for the county. After the divorce petition is filed, it must be served in accordance with Texas Rules of Civil Procedure to the other spouse.
In order for a Texas court to dissolve a marriage, the court must dispose of any and all properties, and if children were born or adopted during the marriage, the Texas court must establish child custody and child support.
JURISDICTION AND GROUNDS FOR DIVORCE IN TEXAS
In order for a Texas Court to exercise jurisdiction over the divorce proceeding, the minimum residency requirements must be met. You must be a resident of Texas for a minimum of six months and a resident of the county where the divorce action is filed for at least 90 days.
Texas is a “no fault state” when it comes to grounds for divorce; thus, no reason is needed to get a divorce in Texas, except for the fact that the marriage is insupportable with no reasonable expectation of reconciliation.
In an uncontested divorce (agreed divorce), the parties negotiate and come to an agreement as to child custody and distribution of assets (martial property). This occurs when both parties reach an agreement amongst themselves and will walk away from their marriage satisfied. This is only successful if both parties work together to reach a satisfactory agreement.
The experienced family law attorneys at MAS Law Firm are here to help you prepare all required documents for your uncontested divorce, and will go to court with you.
TEXAS CHILD SUPPORT AND VISITATION
An important aspect of child custody is child support, whether paid or received. There are situations, when the spouse or party paying the child support (the non-primary parent) will feel bitter, or angry about paying the child support, believing that money is going to the other spouse, or party. But, the truth is that the party with the primary custody of the child is paying for the expenses of child as well.
The Court believes that both parents have the responsibility to support their children. The Texas Family Code outlines the child support guidelines, which are presumed to be in the best interest of the children. This also applies to the situation, when neither parent has the custody.
Our team of experienced and dedicated family law attorneys at MAS Law Firm are here to give you the highest quality of service. We work hard to explore all the avenues available in pursuing the best child support settlement possible for you. Our skilled child support attorneys seek an airtight, ironclad agreement that assures your children the financial resources they need now and in the future. It is also our upmost desire to have a fair and functional agreement, in accordance with the Texas Child Support Law.
Unlike other states, there is no alimony in Texas. Texas, however, does allow for spousal support, better known as spousal maintenance. In considering whether to allow spousal support (spousal maintenance), a Texas court could consider many factors, such as the earning capacity of the spouse, the responsibility of the spouse for the children, health and age of parties, ability to work, the duration of the marriage, and the financial resources and liabilities of the spouse.
Generally, in order to receive support after the divorce, the parties must have been married for a period exceeding ten (10) years, and if a Texas court decides, a party may be qualified to receive up to $2,500.00 a month for a maximum of three (3) years.