At the Law Offices of Lisa G. Garza, P.C., you can bring your divorce and its related issues to a team that has the knowledge, experience, and compassion you need to navigate this complex matter. We know that divorce can be a stressful and highly-emotional process. Many decisions and matters will need to be confronted, discussed, and resolved at a time when you may be suffering from loss, confusion, and uncertainty. These issues can range from impactful matters such as marital property division and child custody to smaller (but no less important) issues such as who gets the family pet.
You will be best served by turning to a competent family law attorney. Our firm can provide the understanding you need at every stage of the process so you can make intelligent decisions about how to move forward in ways that will benefit you and your family. We know the stakes can be high, and we will work relentlessly to ensure that your legal rights, your best interests, and your future are protected and pursued.
In a Texas divorce, you will need to resolve the following issues before your divorce can be finalized by the court. These may be resolved between you and your spouse outside of court on your own, through negotiation with the help of your attorneys, through mediation, or in court before a judge.
These issues include:
- The division of marital property: Texas is a community state in which all marital property is considered to be owned equally by both spouses and must be divided on an equal basis as much as possible.
- Child custody and visitation: Texas refers to this issue as “conservatorship.” This gives parents legal rights and responsibilities that may be shared or granted to one parent only.
- Child support: Texas requires parents to financially support their children. This generally translates to the parent who has primary access to the child receiving payments from the other parent.
- Spousal maintenance: This financial support may or may not be awarded to a spouse in a divorce. It can be sought and/or contested in divorce hearings.
The grounds for divorce include a no-fault basis (a mutual divorce agreement based on irreconcilable differences), having lived apart for three or more consecutive years, infidelity, abandonment, cruelty, a felony conviction leading to a year or more of imprisonment, and confinement in a mental hospital for a minimum of three years.
Why Choose the Law Offices of Lisa G. Garza, P.C.?
You may be tempted to handle your divorce on your own without the advice and guidance of an attorney. While this may be beneficial for those with few assets, no property or children, and a short-term marriage, it can be a huge mistake for others. Doing so could end in costing you more than if you had competent legal representation.
Common mistakes can include failing to fairly resolve matters involving debt, having assets valued under or over their true worth, and failing to understand the ramifications of other decisions.
When you choose to bring in an attorney experienced in all of the details and complexities of Texas divorce, you will be protected from making inadvertent and often expensive mistakes. You will also have the voice you need to ensure that your best interests are forcefully pursued when issues arise that you may not have anticipated. At our firm, you will be properly prepared for all contingencies and will have the protection of a Family Law Specialist behind you throughout the legal process.
Schedule a consultation with a McKinney divorce attorney by contacting the Law Offices of Lisa G. Garza, P.C. via our online form or by calling (972) 645-3836.