Proven Family Lawyers in Travis County
Divorce can be one of life’s most challenging experiences. This process commonly brings forth emotional and financial turmoil with uncertainty as to how it will ultimately impact your life and future. When children are involved, it can become even more complex and demanding. You may feel your relationship with your children are on the line as well as your economic future in supporting both them and you.
Working through the issues with your soon-to-be ex-spouse can be painful, adversarial, and threatening. Because of so many challenges, it is paramount that you work with an experienced divorce lawyer who knows how to bring you the compassionate and skilled legal help you need.
At Ferguson Law Practice, PLLC, our Austin divorce attorneys bring a wealth of knowledge, practical advice, and compassionate support throughout the difficult divorce process. We are here to empower you so that you can make intelligent and positive decisions based on knowledge and understanding.
Our Austin divorce lawyers pride themselves on a problem-solving approach that searches for ways to resolve your case as peacefully and cost-effectively as possible. However, as strong litigators, we are always prepared to take your case to court if that is the best option for you. Our experience allows us to help you plan to avoid pitfalls in the future, so you can focus on healing in the present.
The state of Texas provides no-fault as well as fault-based grounds for divorce. The most common form of divorce is the no-fault option based on irreconcilable differences preventing the marriage from being saved. This type of divorce does not require proof of marital misconduct. However, it may still be contested where spouses cannot agree on a settlement of all divorce-related issues. Resolving these issues may call for negotiation or litigation in court.
The issues that must be resolved to finalize a divorce include:
- The division of marital property and debt. Texas operates on a community property basis that calls for as even a division as possible of marital property.
- Child custody and visitation. This involves both legal custody and physical custody. Legal custody gives parents major decision-making rights concerning children while physical custody authorizes with whom the child will live.
- Child support. This issue is calculated according to state guidelines.
- Spousal support. This provides financial support to a less economically-advantaged spouse and is decided by the courts after reviewing many factors on a case-by-case basis.
If you and your spouse can agree on the issues related to your divorce, you can have your settlement agreement formalized and submitted to the judge for approval.
Texas does allow for fault-based divorce grounds, such as cruelty, adultery, abandonment, and conviction of a felony. When filing for this type of divorce, you will be required to prove the fault in court. If you are successful, such fault may influence the outcome of such issues as marital property division, child custody and support, and spousal support. Contested fault-based divorces generally take longer due to the need for additional court hearings.
Contact Ferguson Law Practice, PLLC for Compassionate Legal Representation
Our firm brings the personalized touch needed to fully support you through the difficulties of a Texas divorce. Our divorce attorneys in Austin and Travis County understand the challenges you face and take our job seriously in providing the legal protections and advocacy you need. When your children, your investments, your economic resources, and more are on the line, you can rely on our extensive experience, knowledge, and negotiation as well as litigation skills to help you achieve the best possible outcome.
- Nearly 30 Years of Legal Experience
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