El Paso Divorce Lawyer
At the Huerta Law Firm, we understand how stressful and upsetting a divorce can be. That is why we’re dedicated to helping everyone who has to take that step in their lives. Having a divorce lawyer by your side during the process can help make the transition go more smoothly, easing your worries and making sure everything is done and filed correctly.
The Divorce Process in Texas
While we wish it were simpler, getting a divorce can be a long and tiring process. During the process, you and your partner will need to make many important decisions and come to terms with many important facts. This is what the process may look like:
- Qualifications and Validity– Not everyone qualifies for divorce in Texas. Before setting up the process and hiring a lawyer, it’s important to determine that you are qualified and have valid grounds for divorce. Some valid grounds for divorce include cruelty, adultery, and felony convictions given to you or your spouse. At this point, you will also need to know in which county to file. You can find this information on the city municipal website for the city you live in.
- Property Distribution– When you file for divorce in Texas, you will have to decide how your property will be distributed between you and your spouse because Texas is a “community property” state. This means your property will be split evenly between you and your spouse. Some items that are ineligible for this mandate include items given to you or your partner as gifts, items that were claimed before the marriage, and items in question that were claimed by a spouse as payment for injuries caused by the other spouse.
- Child Custody– This is one of the biggest reasons why couples choose to hire a divorce attorney. Child custody can be a hard battle to fight. It’s important to discuss with your spouse beforehand about how you would like to split the custody of your child or children. If you have a bad relationship with your spouse or think he or she is unfit to have any custody of your children, working with a lawyer can help you build a case against them so you can be awarded full custody.
- Maintenance– Maintenance, or spousal support, is often a requirement in Texas. If a spouse is unable to support themselves without the support of the other spouse, the other spouse will be required to give them maintenance, or monetary support for life post-divorce. However, the spouse needing maintenance will need to qualify for it based on certain criteria, including physical and mental disabilities and taking care of a child who has disabilities or requires substantial care.
Why Hire an Attorney?
In many civil and justified divorces, you may be able to go through the process on your own without the assistance of a divorce attorney. However, a divorce attorney can support you in your time of need, help you navigate the legalities of a divorce, and keep things civilized between you and your partner, especially if the divorce itself is tense and emotional. The divorce attorneys at the Huerta Law Firm are dedicated to helping make this difficult time easier for you. Call us today for more information.