Once you've decided to divorce, it's critical that you develop a strategy for the future. Divorce is very stressful and the divorce process can make it very difficult to make important decisions. Your circumstances are unique, and it's invaluable to have an attorney who understands what you're facing and how to guide you to take the best course of actions. Getting legal counsel early in the process is critical. It's important that you prepare yourself legally, financially, and emotionally for life during and after-divorce.
Attorney Rehman has served clients in contested divorces, simple divorces, and complex-divorces dealing with high-net value estates consisting of both community property and separate property. Regardless of how complicated your case may seem, consult with an experienced divorce attorney to better understand your rights in a divorce.
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Do you want to finalize your divorce quickly at minimum cost? A simple, uncontested divorce is your best option to achieve that. An agreed divorce means that you and your spouse can agree to all divorce terms (for example: property division, debts, child related matters).
A simple divorce can be accomplished without a lawyer. However, it will be time consuming and a lawyer can help protect you from compromising your rights in marital property, child related matters, spousal support, and many other concerns that get finalized by a decree of divorce.
That is why it is important that you hire a trustworthy lawyer who can protect your interests and not drive up legal fees. A default divorce is another type of uncontested divorce that occurs when one spouse is seeking the divorce, and the other spouse has been served but is not participating or responding to the divorce proceedings. Both options are a cheap divorce and an uncontested divorce can be the best option for couples with modest a community property estate and for folks willing to agree to child related matters, like support and custody. An uncontested divorce is a cheap divorce, however, it's not a wise option if there is a dispute about significant property rights, spousal support, or any child related issues.
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Community Property Division
A divorcing couple must split all of their community property at divorce. "Community Property" basically means all of the property a married couple own together. Normally, community property includes everything the married couple bought or earned during their marriage, and it does not include "separate property."
Identifying the nature and size of the community property estate and separate property estates is often the most hotly contested part of a divorce. It's important to have an accurate and reliable understanding of your marital property rights during a divorce. Examples of property that get divided at divorce:
Personal property, including vehicles, furniture, jewelry, family heirlooms, art, and other personalities.
Financial accounts, including bank accounts, investment and brokerage accounts, mutual fund accounts, etc.
Retirement accounts, 401k plans and pensions.
Every divorce has its own unique set of issues. A skilled divorce attorney can guide you to focus on all important details regarding your property rights in a divorce. Contact a divorce lawyer in Fort Bend County for a free 20-minute consultation and begin developing the right legal strategy for you.
Some spouses make extra efforts to hide property from their partners. They usually maintain secret bank accounts, have undisclosed investments, or may even "loan" money to friends, relatives, or business partners in order to hide it from being included in the community property estate that is to be divided at divorce. Some spouses waste the family's money on lavish gifts and unreasonable expenses, without consent from their husband or wife. And some spouses refuse to fully declare their income to avoid child support or spousal support obligations.
An experienced divorce attorney can give you an honest assessment and cost-benefit analysis before you initiate a full-on effort to investigate your spouse for hidden assets. Contact a Texas divorce lawyer to learn about your legal rights and duties when it comes to your marital property.
Retirement Accounts and QDRO:
In a divorce, if either you or your spouse owns retirement assets (examples: 401k, IRA, or a pension account) then you may need a QDRO ("qualified domestic relations order") to divide the retirement assets. A QDRO allows the recipient to either withdraw their awarded funds from the retirement account or "rollover" the funds into a separate individual retirement account ("IRA"). Typically, one-or-both parties must pay administrative fees and income-taxes on the funds withdrawn from the retirement account. The 10% early withdrawal penalty may be avoided if the withdrawal from the retirement account is made "incident to a divorce."
Children Related Issues
"What is in the best interest of the children" is the primary question Texas family courts ask when dealing with suits affecting the parent-child relationship. Divorcing or separating parents have to deal with many issues relating to their children like:
Custody: Texas Courts strongly uphold the policy that both parents must have an opportunity to build a strong relationship with their children. Normally, both parents will be awarded join-custody to ensure they both are regularly involved in the children's lives, even though one parent may spend more time with the children. Still, however, it's possible for one parent to be named sole-managing conservator of the child if there is a compelling argument against the other parent. Talk to an experienced Fort Bend County family law attorney about your custody dispute.
Enforcement and Modification of Custody Orders: Is the other parent disobeying a previous court order relating to child custody? Or are you worried about the other parent accusing you of parental alienation or violating child custody orders? It may be time for you to contact a family law attorney to give you honest answers about your situation from a legal perspective.
Child Visitation and Modification: Has a change in residence, employment, or other circumstance made it difficult for you to spend time with the children during your periods of possession? Are you concerned that your children are not safe if left alone with the other parent? Are you seeking to have the other parent limited to only supervised visitation? Contact a skilled family law attorney to discuss what legal options can address your concerns.
Child Support and Paternity: Child support can be agreed upon by parents, or it can be ordered by the Courts. Normally, Texas family courts order child support based on the Texas child support guidelines. Do you need to establish paternity and start receiving child support? Are you anticipating a divorce and need to understand what you can expect in regards to child support? Call a skilled family law lawyer to learn more about the process to start receiving child support.
Modification of Child Support: Are you concerned that you may be paying more than you are legally required to due to a change in employment, salary, or other circumstance? Or are you concerned that the other parent is not paying as much as they would be obligated under the state's child support guidelines? Call a family lawyer experienced in child support modifications for professional guidance.
Enforcement of Child Support Orders: Is the other parent disobeying a child support order and missed multiple child support payments? Medical Support? You may first want to confirm whether you're able to receive assistance from the Texas Attorney General's office or other public assistance services. Otherwise, your best option may be to retain a skilled family law attorney.
Relocation: Are you thinking about moving to a new city or state? Or has the other parent threatened to move away with your child for their own personal reasons? A family law attorney help determine what you can legally do about relocation. Many Texas divorce decrees are made to limit the ability of a parent with primary custody to relocate a child's primary residence.