Divorce Attorneys Helping Residents in Dallas, Rockwall, and Collin County
Our divorce lawyers at The Blacknall Firm offer skilled representation and advocacy for clients going through a marital dissolution. We understand that divorce can be a difficult and emotional process, and we are here to help you make informed decisions and protect your best interests. With over two decades of combined experience in divorce and family law, our attorneys can guide you through every step of the process and help you move forward with confidence.
The Divorce Process
The process of getting a divorce in Texas can be complex and involve many different steps. At The Blacknall Firm, we assist clients with filing or responding to a petition for divorce and help them navigate the legal system until the divorce decree is granted. This may include dealing with temporary orders, exchanging information through discovery, and attempting to reach a settlement through negotiation or mediation. If an agreement cannot be reached, the case may go to trial, where a judge or jury will make a decision on the various issues involved in the divorce.
Residency Requirements and Grounds for Divorce
To file for divorce in Texas, one spouse must have been a resident of the state for at least six months and a resident of the county where the petition is filed for at least 90 days. There are several grounds for divorce recognized by Texas law, including insupportability, adultery, cruelty, and abandonment.
Dividing Property and Debts in a Divorce
In Texas, property and debts acquired during the marriage are generally considered community property and are subject to division between the spouses during a divorce. This includes assets such as real estate, personal property, and financial accounts, as well as debts such as mortgages, credit card balances, and loans. The court will consider a variety of factors in determining how to divide the community property, including the length of the marriage, the spouses’ ages and health, and their earning capacities.
Child Custody and Support in a Divorce
In a divorce involving children, the court will determine custody and access arrangements based on the best interests of the child. This may include physical custody, which determines where the child will live, and legal custody, which determines who has the authority to make decisions about the child’s upbringing. The court may also order one parent to pay child support to the other, based on guidelines set by Texas law.
Spousal Maintenance (Alimony) in a Texas Divorce
In some cases, one spouse may be ordered to pay spousal maintenance (also known as alimony) to the other after a divorce. This may be appropriate if one spouse is unable to support themselves due to age, disability, or other circumstances. The court will consider a variety of factors in determining whether to award spousal maintenance and, if so, how much to award and for how long.
Contact Our Divorce Lawyers in Dallas, Texas at The Blacknall Firm, we are committed to helping clients navigate the complex and often emotional process of divorce. If you are considering a divorce or have already been served with a petition, we encourage you to contact us for a consultation with one of our experienced divorce lawyers . Get in touch today to book a consultation.
We serve these counties: Dallas, Collin and Rockwall.