Divorce considerations as a firefighter

Going through a divorce as a firefighter means bearing in mind different considerations that may be important to you and your family. While every person’s circumstances in a divorce are unique There are also additional difficulties when considering firefighter divorces. When discussing the most common factors that may be relevant to firefighter divorce there are a few that Stick out in my mind. Let’s walk through those issues right now to see how divorce cases where firefighters can be especially unique and challenging.

It is no secret that you as a Firefighter work a schedule that is atypical. This atypical schedule sees you work shifts that can last for as long as 24 hours at a time. Having a schedule like this may be what your community needs from you but is not necessarily conducive to having a traditional custody schedule with your children. This is important both in terms of conservatorships and a visitation schedule.

Conservatorships refer to being able to make decisions and have rights over your children. Also, you have duties to support them and provide them with an education, clothing, a place to live, and to protect them. The primary conservator of children lives with the kids on a full-time basis. On the other hand, He was a firefighter and may be best suited to have visitation rather than primary possession due to your schedule. This does not mean that you cannot have a say in the decision-making regarding your child’s everyday life. However, it does acknowledge that You may not be able to get your children to school every day or put them to bed. This does not mean you’re a bad parent just that your work Commitments do not put you in a position to always be present for your children in this regard.

Tailoring Visitation Schedules for Firefighters in Divorce Agreements

What do your work commitments as a firefighter mean for your ability to Tablet visitation schedule with your children? In a standard possession order, You would have visitation with your children on the first, 3rd, and 5th weekends of each month. However, probably, the shifts that you work as a firefighter do not make even this kind of visitation arrangement simple. In that case, you and your spouse need to be able to work together to create a visitation arrangement that works well for all parties.

For instance, having a schedule that is based on your work schedule makes a great deal of sense. As your schedule may change from month to month or even week to week including language in your order to require you to provide your spouse with the schedule in advance to determine how to structure visitation would make a great deal of sense. That way the two of you could create a let’s schedule based on your work schedule as it changes.

In some circumstances, you may find yourself in a position where you are receiving where retirement benefits because of your service with the fire department. In most cases, this will come in the form of a pension. A defined benefits plan like a pension allows for you to have a certain amount of money paid to you upon retirement. However, you do not have direct control over the pension and the investment of the pension. Your responsibility would be to inform your attorney of the pension. You and your spouse could negotiate over dividing the pension based on your circumstances and needs.

Spousal support after the divorce

In Texas, spousal support is a relatively recent phenomenon. It is only since 1995 that judges were able to award spousal maintenance to a spouse after a divorce. If you and your spouse have been married for longer than 10 years, then spousal maintenance is a possibility in your case. However, it would need to be determined that your spouse has a need to receive spousal maintenance and that you have the ability in your budget to pay this maintenance. Many times, a judge Well order a disproportionate division of your community and state to avoid having spousal maintenance be paid. However, there would need to be sufficient property to divide in your community state for this to occur.

Talk to an attorney before proceeding with your divorce

If you and your spouse are headed towards divorce but have a good relationship with one another, you may think that you could potentially get a divorce without consulting with an experienced family law attorney. However, I would caution you that if you have children, a significant community estate, or both then it is in your best interest to at least speak to an attorney before proceeding with your case.

An experienced family law attorney can help you to understand the complex nature of the Texas family code and how it applies to your life. A divorce is not something where you can afford to go into the process without a plan. If you have responsibilities in your life: a job, a family, and other interests, then being able to devote your attention single-mindedly to divorce is probably not something possible. However, that is the exact amount of attention that a divorce demands. You need to be able to understand and manage the changing circumstances of a divorce as well as the circumstances of your life. Having an attorney by your side can help you to do these things.

Flexible Consultation Options In Divorcing a Firefighter

If you are concerned with being able to meet with an attorney given your hectic schedule, then you are in luck. The attorneys with the law office of Bryan Fagan offer a convenient array of methods by which you can meet with us. This begins with being able to meet with one of our attorneys in a free-of-charge consultation at one of our two Houston area office locations. We have our primary office in the FM 1960 and Champions area which is convenient for most anyone on the north side of Houston. Additionally, we have another office location in Humble to better serve to east and Northeast sides of Houston.

If meeting in person is not something that you can do at the moment, then I would recommend contacting our office to arrange a free of charge consultation by phone or video. Even as the pandemic recedes the need for some people to be able to meet conveniently like on the computer has not dissipated. Our attorneys and staff understand your schedule may not allow for you to be present physically for a meeting with one of our attorneys. That is why we want to make available to you every method possible for you to sit down and speak with one of our lawyers.

Is your divorce going to be one where it is a knockdown, drag-out fight?

Most people that I talked to and work with as they head into a divorce case believe that their case is going to be one where it is inevitable that they and their spouse get into several arguments where nobody can work towards a resolution without fighting. I can’t say that I blame these folks for thinking this way. Movies and television have been telling us for generations that divorce is this way. In addition, we’ve all heard divorce horror stories from people in our lives. It would only be normal to expect, therefore that your divorce would have to be the same way.

This is not the reality for most people who go through a divorce in Texas. Even if you and your spouse do not see eye to eye on most subjects related to your case the reality is that most divorces in Texas are settled before you go to court. For example, most family court judges in Texas now require that you attend at least one session of mediation before going to a temporary order hearing or trial period mediation allows for you and your spouse to engage in intentional and direct methods of negotiation on a settlement. Putting the two of you and a setting where distractions