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Information to help you navigate a Texas divorce

Are you wondering what to expect during a Texas divorce? Curious about how long your case will take? What about the terminology used within a divorce?

A great place for you to learn more about the answers to these great questions is on the website for the Law Office of Bryan Fagan. Our attorneys and staff invite you to look around our website and see what we have to offer you. Not only do we pride ourselves on being the best family law attorneys in southeast Texas, but we also want to provide you with a website where our clients and aspiring clients alike can develop a better understanding of family law issues, terminology, and details about divorce in Texas. We know that you have a busy life and that divorce information may not be something that you have a lot of knowledge of or experience with. For that, please check out our blog and please let us know what you think!

When it comes to divorce cases you may have questions about your children or how your property is going to be divided. This is understandable. What you don’t want to have to happen is that these questions to turn into roadblocks for you to get your divorce filed. We call this “paralysis by the analysis.” Meaning that you can get so bogged down in the questions, concerns, worries, and details of a divorce that you can feel paralyzed- like you can’t move. This is the last thing you want to feel when you need to decide whether to either file for divorce- or not. We can help you build the confidence you need to determine what direction is right for you and your family. Our website is the place for you to begin,

The whole divorce process in Texas is contained within this information center for Texas divorces. When you visit the website for the Law Office of Bryan Fagan you can find detailed information regarding subjects like child support, possession agreements for children, and community property division. The terms that lawyers and judges use can be confusing the first time you hear them so we have also included a glossary of terms for you to lean on while you are learning about divorce and what to expect in your case.

Be sure to look through our FAQs where we provide you with answers to some of the most pressing questions you may have regarding divorce in Texas. You would be surprised to find out that so many questions that our attorneys are asked in the free-of-charge consultations that we offer have been asked by countless other people in your same situation. It can feel lonely when you are going through a divorce. Like you don’t have a friend in the world. We at the Law Office of Bryan Fagan want you to understand that you have people in your corner- even if you don’t know it yet.

One of the most important parts of your life that you need to actively work on building up right now is your support system during the divorce. No, this does not mean that you need to start counseling or doing anything like that. We are not going to turn this into a therapy session for you, we promise. However, whatever you need as far as help during the divorce cannot always be found within yourself. You need to be able to have the option to lean on another person when it comes to helping you manage the components of your divorce case. Having a person or a group of people available to you can help you manage the stresses and anything else that will come your way in the divorce.

While you build up your knowledge about the divorce process do not stop there. Work to build up your support system, as well. You can reach out to friends or extended family that you may have been neglecting in recent years due to problems in your marriage. You can become more involved in the activities of your children, as well. In a time where it may feel like you are putting your children through something difficult through no fault of their own. Your church, your neighborhood groups, etc. These are all viable ways for you to build or strengthen an already existing support system.

An Overview of the Texas Divorce Process

The entire process of obtaining a divorce in Texas can be found on our website and contained in the blog posts that we will provide to you- free of charge. Some of the topics that we will write about include:

-The expected length of a divorce and how long your case may take to complete. We know that as soon as you start your divorce the natural question on your mind will be: how long is this thing going to take? We will provide you with an overview of the divorce process and then dig deeper into how long your divorce may take depending upon a few key issues. Do you have children? Do you have an elaborate or complicated estate? These are the questions that we need to ask ourselves in conjunction with divorce and its expected time length. No two divorces are the same so it would be impossible to give you an accurate estimate of your expected divorce length without first having an opportunity to sit down and talk with you. If you read through our blog posts and still have questions, then that is a great opportunity for you to give our office a call and set up a free-of-charge consultation with one of our licensed family law attorneys.

-An answer to the question: What are the requirements for filing an Original Petition for Divorce? You may know what you want but do you know how to get there? Wanting to get divorced is one thing but knowing how to get divorced is another. It’d be like knowing that you want to get to Disney World but not having the first clue as to how you should travel to get there. Left on I-10 or right? Having a goal is important but having a plan on how to get to that goal is even more important. That is what having an experienced family law attorney can do for you. Maximizing the opportunities within your case to be able to plan and specifically plan the route for achieving the goals that you have for your divorce. We can help you achieve your goals and chart a specific course for achieving those goals. This website is a great place to start that journey.

-What are the steps that you will need to take to file for and obtain a divorce in Texas? We want to be able to give you the concrete steps that you will need to take to accomplish your goals in divorce. That entire discussion begins with learning how you file for divorce and what filing for divorce will look like as far as documents that you need to file, deadlines you need to meet, and what the final steps of a divorce will ultimately look like. It isn’t necessarily as simple as following a paint-by-numbers guide to divorce. You need to know the steps that are a part of divorce with certain details in mind. This website is full of blog posts that can guide you and prepare you for the twists and turns that inevitably will confront you in a divorce case.

-What paperwork do you need to prepare for a final hearing before your judge? When your divorce is finally all said and done you will be able to go before the judge for the last stage of your case. However, if you go empty-handed then you will be disappointed to find out that your divorce will not be able to wrap itself up quite as soon as you would like. On top of that, you may be wasting time and money by adding unnecessary delays to an already lengthy case. I have seen people frustrated standing before a family court judge in this situation and you do not want to be that person.

Instead, spend some time on our website where you can learn what you need to bring before a family court judge to wrap your case up in short order rather than add time to your case. The final decree of divorce, wage withholding order, documents to tie up loose ends on the sale of your home, etc. are all documents that you should have ready to present to a judge at a minimum. Your county or your specific judge may have their requirements as far as documents are concerned. Look at the website for your county, call the judge’s clerk before the prove-up hearing, and generally learn about this subject beforehand so you do not go to the prove-up hearing unprepared.

An Overview of Child Support

Child support is often a highly contentious subject in Texas divorces. We will share with you how to calculate child support using the guidelines listed in the Texas Family Code and how to pay/receive child support in the most direct way possible. For many families in Texas, the guideline levels of child support are exactly what your child needs as far as helping him or her have a baseline level of support each month. Remember that child support is not intended to help your child live a certain lifestyle or maintain a lifestyle that he or she has been accustomed to. Rather, child support is intended to help both parents have some skin in the game as far as money is concerned. Other factors to consider when assessing child support should be whether your child has a physical or mental impairment that makes it difficult to pay for their expenses. Frequent hospital or doctor’s visits may just be the tip of the iceberg when it comes to consistent costs that child support can assist with.

Conservatorship issues in Texas divorces

Do you have questions about how to handle conservatorship issues in your divorce? Do you know what conservatorship is about your children? We will straightforwardly answer those questions for you. When we talk about conservatorship, we mean the rights and duties that you and your spouse share about your children. Rights to make decisions regarding their education and health. Duties to care for your child and to provide him or her with the basics like food, shelter, and clothing. These are conservatorship rights, and they can be divided up in several different ways. Having an exclusive right to decide means that you alone can decide regarding an area of your child’s life. The independent right means that you can decide without first having to consult with your spouse, and he or she would be able to do the same without first consulting with you. Joint rights, which will likely be most rights that you hold about your children, are those that you hold jointly with your co-parent. The two of you would need to work together on how to handle certain decisions. Teamwork is essential- even after the two of you get divorced.

We can show you how to manage this complicated relationship so that you can feel more confident in how you are going to head into your post-divorce life as a co-parent. Sharing parental rights is something that you have always done but it may not be something that you have ever thought about. In a post-divorce world, it is much more important to how you lead your life. You should think through these issues and have specific goals in mind as you negotiate through your divorce. The attorneys with the Law Office of Bryan Fagan are here to help you manage your expectation and help you see how you can effectively raise your child with a co-parent who you may not see eye to eye with.

Possession and Visitation Overview

When it comes to children’s issues in Texas divorce cases some of the most frequently asked questions include those related to visitation and possession of children. We will share with you the essential information on these subjects here on our website. Possession and visitation tend to be two of the more highly contested issues in the world of Texas divorce cases when children are involved. It can feel like you are losing all contact with your kids when you go through a divorce. You will not be losing all of your time with your kids, but you will be asked to have a different schedule with them depending upon the circumstances of your life and that of your children. For that reason, you should be prepared to submit multiple plans to your Co-parent as far as how you divide your time with the kids. Our office is experienced in coming up with creative solutions for clients just like you.

Glossary of Divorce Terms

We don’t want you to read a blog post or hear a discussion and not understand the legal terms being used. Check out this section of our website for more information on frequently used terms within the world of Texas divorce cases. Attorneys are famous for using terminology that doesn’t necessarily make much sense. You can learn the basic terms of a divorce case here on our website by reading through our blog posts at your leisure. We do our best to mix in the language that you would see used in a family law case with the normal language that we use in everyday life. We know how scary it can be to find yourself in a situation where you are going through an important circumstance that you do not entirely understand. Rather than just worry about this type of event occurring in your life you can learn the basic terminology of a family law case and feel like you are prepared to present your case confidently

FAQs: Divorce

You’ve got questions- we’ve got answers. Be sure to review these frequently asked questions. Many of the questions you have may be answered right here.

What are other resources that I need to be aware of?

This is a list of additional resources that may be helpful to you when preparing for and going through a Texas divorce. these resources could be the office of the attorney general, Texaslawhelp.org, or a co-parenting website. There are many resources available to people going through a divorce and we want to help you organize them in a space where you can find them quickly. Putting all the cookies in a jar on a shelf where everyone can reach them- is the goal of the Law Office of Bryan Fagan

Questions about the material contained in today’s blog post? Contact the Law Office of Bryan Fagan

If you have any questions about the material contained in today’s blog post, please do not hesitate to contact the Law Office of Bryan Fagan. Our licensed family law attorneys offer free-of-charge consultations six days a week in person, over the phone, and via video. These consultations are a great way for you to learn more about the world of Texas family law as well as about how your family’s circumstances may be impacted by the filing of a divorce case.

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