Divorces in Texas: What kind of lawyer do I need to hire?

When taking a phone call from a potential client, the topic that arises with a great amount of frequency is whether or not a Houston divorce is something that requires an attorney's assistance. While it goes without saying that every divorce is different, the general framework to all divorces is the same.

Our attorneys would tell any potential or new client that for any divorce to be approved and finalized by a court the final orders must deal with:

  1. dissolving the marriage
  2. dividing property/debts
  3. determining custody/possession/access/visitation/support for the child(ren)

At first glance this looks like a pretty simple process- and it can be. That being said, an uncontested divorce is something pretty rare to come by. It's more frequent that almost from the beginning some aspect of the divorce gets to be a little more complicated than the parties believed that it would be.

A family law attorney is best suited to represent a party who is interested in divorcing their spouse. A Texas family law attorney knows how to draft and file the initial documents of a divorce (either a Petition or Answer) thereby ensuring that your case gets off the ground efficiently. An important concept to note here is that unless a party pleads (asks) for something in their Petition or Answer they are not entitled to receiving it from a court. Temporary spousal support, a specific kind of conservatorship of the kids or child support are examples of items which the court cannot grant you unless initially requested in your filing document(s).

Another, less talked about, difficulty that parties run into during the divorce is the sheer length of the process. At a minimum (with some exceptions) the divorce process in Texas takes sixty days from the date one party files their Petition. A majority of divorce cases last longer, even if the parties agree on nearly every one of the items listed earlier in this blog post. The lengthy time commitment can produce frustrated parties. An experienced family law attorney in Houston, Texas can help their client keep an even keel throughout the case.

Finally, a family law attorney knows the law better than a non-attorney or an attorney that practices in another area. Each area of law has their own specific set of rules and it is best to entrust your case to someone who has seen facts similar to your cases in order to receive prudent advice. What might seem like a hopeless situation to someone who has never gone through a specific set of circumstances may be surprised to learn that there are multiple ways to achieve a particular goal. Solutions are what family law attorneys are paid to achieve for their clients.

The Family Law attorneys with The Law Office of Bryan Fagan are the sort of solution oriented, client focused representatives that you or a loved one can trust to shepherd you through a divorce.


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Law Office of Bryan Fagan | Houston, Texas Divorce Lawyers

The Law Office of Bryan Fagan routinely handles matters that affect children and families. If you have questions regarding Divorce, it's important to speak with one of our Houston, TX Divorce Lawyers right away to protect your rights.

Our Divorce lawyers in Houston TX are skilled at listening to your goals during this trying process and developing a strategy to meet those goals. Contact Law Office of Bryan Fagan by calling (281) 810-9760 or submit your contact information in our online form. The Law Office of Bryan Fagan handles Divorce cases in Houston, Texas, Cypress, Klein, Humble, Kingwood, Tomball, The Woodlands, the FM 1960 area, or surrounding areas, including Harris County, Montgomery County, Liberty County, Chambers County, Galveston County, Brazoria County, Fort Bend County and Waller County.


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