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Discovery in Texas Family Law Cases

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If you or your spouse file for divorce or have a dispute about child support or alimony, the final order by the court is determined by the financial information available. If some information is left off or not made known, parties are not able to renegotiate the settlement or request a new trial. To ensure you and your spouse are being truthful about their finances, discovery is a stage of the divorce process where facts related to income are collected to help the parties create a divorce agreement.

At the Law Office of Bryan Fagan, PLLC, we have a thorough understanding of the discovery process in family law cases. Our Houston family law attorney can guide you through the intricacies of the discovery proceedings to ensure that your spouse isn’t hiding assets and all financial information is accounted for to help the court make a final decision.

How Discovery Applies to Family Law Cases

The purpose of discovery is to obtain information relating to each spouse’s income, assets, and debts. If you are interested in obtaining child support, the amount of support depends on how much both parents earn. Discovery can also apply to determine spousal support and factors into how property is divided in equitable distribution.

Cooperation from each spouse is required. However, if your spouse fails to respond to discovery requests, you or your lawyer can file a motion with the court to enforce the request or face being held in contempt of court. Additionally, you can allow third parties to gain access to your spouse’s financial information.

If you believe your spouse is hiding assets, you can hire a forensic accountant to evaluate the documentation you’ve collected. These professionals possess the experienced and knowledge to identify any indications of concealment attempts by your spouse.

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Discovery is a valuable tool in building your family law case. The more information you obtain, the better you can prove your argument for child custody, child support, spousal maintenance, and property division. In order to follow the requirements of the procedure and meet the specific deadlines, our Houston family law attorney can help you in each step of the process.

If you are interested in experienced legal services, contact us and schedule a free consultation today.

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