Our Areas of Practice
If you seek family law attorneys serving clients in Pearland, TX, with proven experience in multiple areas of the law, look no further than The Larson Law Office. Our family law practice areas include the following:
- Contested and uncontested divorce,
- Legal separation,
- Pre and post-nuptial agreements,
- Division of marital assets,
- Spousal support,
- Same-sex divorce,
- Military divorce,
- Child conservatorship matters (child custody),
- Child support,
- Grandparent’s rights,
- Paternity issues, and
- Modifications of family law orders.
We handle these issues and more. Let us help you with your family law matter in the Pearland, TX, area.
Texas divorces can be complicated. They affect families both emotionally and financially. You might need help negotiating a divorce agreement or fighting your case in court. Our family attorneys handling matters for clients Pearland, TX, can guide you through the complexities of a Texas divorce and find the best solutions for you.
Requirements for a Texas Divorce
Texas law has several requirements for any divorce. First, you must establish residency in Texas. This means you must show that either spouse resided in the state of Texas for at least six months before filing for divorce. You must further show that one spouse has resided for at least three months in the county where you file your divorce petition.
You must also have legal grounds for divorce. Depending on your circumstances, you can select no-fault or fault-based grounds for divorce. In a no-fault divorce, neither spouse is blamed for the breakdown of the marriage. Instead, you claim that the marriage relationship is broken with no hope for reconciliation. Texas’ no-fault divorce ground is called “insupportability.”
Texas also has several fault-based grounds for divorce, as follows:
- Conviction of a felony,
- Abandonment for one year or more,
- Living apart for three years, or
- Confinement in a mental hospital.
When you specify one of these fault-based grounds in your divorce, you must prove it with credible evidence. Although this may seem difficult, if you can prove your spouse caused the demise of your marriage, the court could award you a greater share of the marital property. When deciding on your divorce grounds, you should speak with a Texas family lawyer.
Property Division in a Divorce
Few things cause more contention in a divorce than dividing the marital property. Texas is a community property state. This means that all property that each spouse acquires during the marriage is considered equally owned by each spouse. The exceptions include property owned before marriage and its profits, as well as any gifts or inheritances one spouse receives during the marriage.
In a divorce, a judge decides what property and debts are community property. Then, the judge equitably divides the community property. This doesn’t necessarily mean that each spouse gets 50%. Instead, the court weighs several factors in deciding how to divide the property equitably. Our Pearland family lawyers can help you fight for your fair share of marital property.
Legal Issues Involving the Parent-Child Relationship
The idea of facing a child custody, visitation, or support matter alone could be overwhelming. Fortunately, our attorneys have helped many legal cases involving children reach a resolution quickly.
Child custody in Texas is called “conservatorship.” In a conservatorship case, a court decides on each parent’s right to make significant decisions affecting the child’s life, such as education, religion, and medical decisions. The court will also decide how much time each parent spends with the child. Any conservatorship decision must be based on the child’s best interests.
However, rather than having to fight it out in court, parents can negotiate conservatorship issues. They can also settle on a parenting plan and submit it to the court—so long as they show that it’s in the child’s best interests. Whether you want to negotiate child custody with your ex or believe you’ll have to fight it out in court, one of our fierce advocates can help.
Parents have a legal obligation to financially support their children. Typically, Texas child support obligations depend on the child’s primary residence and each parent’s income. You can estimate potential child support payments using the Attorney General’s child support calculator.
However, a court must have all the necessary information to determine the appropriate child support in your case. If you’re involved in a child support case, you should speak with one of our family attorneys to help ensure that you can meet all your financial obligations.
Our Family Attorneys Serving Pearland, TX, Can Handle Your Family Law Matter
Every legal issue involving the family is unique. This is why the attorneys at The Larson Law Office offer highly personalized service to each client. We base our strategy on your specific needs and goals. Our customized approach often results in a better experience and outcome for families. The Larson Law Office serves the Pearland, Texas, area. Contact us today for a consultation.