Our Family Lawyers In The Woodlands Provide Personalized Representation
The Woodlands family law attorneys at The Larson Law Office handle each case personally. We believe that our clients benefit when we work to establish a trusting relationship with them, and we pride ourselves on being accessible to clients when they need us.
Plus, with our attorneys, you’ll get high-quality legal representation. Clients seeking a family law attorney for a case in The Woodlands need someone with both compassion and legal skill. The attorneys at The Larson Law Office have decades of experience handling various family law cases in Texas.
The Woodlands family lawyers in our practice have handled a wide spectrum of family-related legal matters, including the following:
These are just some of the legal issues our attorneys have handled. Talk to us today to see how we can serve you.
Texas Divorce Issues
Divorce law and procedure in Texas are complicated. Even if you and your spouse are on good terms, the divorce process requires you to try to decipher complex legal concepts. Plus, you must follow specific procedures for a Texas divorce. If you make a mistake on certain details, you might have to start all over again or lose out on rights or property to which you are entitled.
When you are facing a divorce, our experienced and compassionate family law attorney in The Woodlands can make a world of difference in your case. Our divorce attorneys have represented clients on matters involving the following:
- Pre and post-marital agreements,
- Contested and uncontested divorce,
- No-fault divorce,
- Fault divorce,
- Spousal maintenance or alimony,
- Collaborative divorce,
- Reimbursement claims,
- Identifying separate and community property,
- Property division,
- Same-sex divorce,
- Military divorce,,
- Common law marriage, and
- Domestic violence.
Plus, our knowledgeable attorneys can help resolve issues affecting your shared children during a divorce proceeding.
Legal Reasons for Divorce
There are many interpersonal reasons why a couple chooses to pursue a divorce. However, you must also identify a legal reason, or grounds, for a divorce. In Texas, the legal grounds for divorce include the following:
The ground of “insupportability” is essentially the no-fault divorce ground in Texas. This means that you don’t need to prove that either party caused the end of the marriage. Instead, you merely claim that the marital relationship is broken and the break is irreconcilable. A court requires very little evidence when a person alleges this reason for divorce.
The remaining grounds are fault-based. A person alleging a fault-based ground for divorce must prove that ground in court through credible evidence.
If you can prove adultery or other fault-based reason for divorce, the innocent party might be entitled to a greater share of the marital estate. Your lawyer can help you select and prove the grounds for your divorce.
Marital Asset Distribution
One of the most contested issues in a divorce is how the couple splits their property and debt. Texas is a community property state, which means that almost all property that either spouse acquires during the marriage is considered the property of both parties.
In a Texas divorce, a court will first identify any separate property. Separate property is not considered part of the marital estate and includes the following:
- Property that either spouse acquired before marriage,
- One spouse’s inheritance,
- A gift to one spouse, and
- Profits from separate property.
The court will divide the remaining property as it deems “just and right.” This doesn’t always mean a 50-50 split. A family law attorney serving The Woodlands can explain how the court makes decisions about splitting marital assets.
It’s important to know that the court divides community property and community debt. Marital debt could include credit cards, a car loan, or a mortgage acquired during the marriage.
Children’s Legal Issues
Parents may raise child custody and support issues during a divorce or in a separate proceeding. A Texas court makes all child-related decisions based on what is in the child’s best interests. Specifically, this includes child custody decisions or “conservatorship,” as it’s known under Texas law.
The court will examine numerous factors to decide the child’s best interests, such as:
- The age and wishes of the child,
- Any emotional or physical needs,
- Each parent’s availability,
- The child’s routine,
- The housing stability of each parent,
- The residences of siblings,
- If there is any risk of danger, and
- Any history of violence or abuse.
Generally, a court will award both parents an equal ability to make decisions about the child’s life—unless there is a history of abuse. The court typically uses a standard possession order to allocate time between the parents.
Parents can negotiate their own schedules so long as they can prove that their schedule is in the child’s best interest. You should discuss your child custody case with a family attorney who can help you advocate for the best interests of you and your child.
A child support award largely depends on who the child primarily resides with as well as the parents’ income levels. A family law attorney can help you better understand how to calculate potential child support payments.
Contact The Woodlands Family Lawyers At The Larson Law Office
Family law cases can feel overwhelming. You need an experienced advocate who can fight for your rights during these difficult times. The Woodlands family lawyers at The Larson Law Office bring their wealth of experience and expertise to your family legal matter. Our client-centered advocacy ensures that your personal goals and needs will drive our representation. Contact us today.