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Guide to Divorce in Texas

Are you considering getting a divorce? Getting a divorce is not an easy process, especially if you’re not knowledgeable about the legal process of divorce in Texas. When you decide to file for a divorce, there are a few things you should consider, like hiring a divorce attorney before even filing your divorce paperwork.

Divorce is a very personal experience that a lot of people go through, but you never want to go into a divorce without proper knowledge of what to expect during the process. There are various laws and other factors that could potentially impact the outcome of your divorce.

Bobby Dale Barina, Attorney At Law, wants you to have an understanding of how to approach getting a divorce and what to expect even in your unique situation.

1. Understand Every Situation is Unique

While you’re considering your divorce, you may feel compelled to ask family or friends who have gone through one what their process was like. One of the first things you should know before initiating a divorce is that your situation is unique and you will have a completely different experience than your counterparts based on your own circumstances.

The most important place to get legal advice about a divorce is directly from an experienced divorce attorney, like Bobby Barina, through a consultation. An attorney can help you understand what to expect during your divorce, file important paperwork, help you obtain the right documents for your finances, and more.

You may have a case that is more simple or complex than those around you, which is why it’s important to hire an attorney that will tailor your divorce to your needs.

2. Understand Grounds for Divorce

Texas is a no-fault divorce state, meaning you can file for a divorce without proving any wrongdoing by you or your spouse. There are special circumstances that could possibly warrant establishing grounds for a fault-based divorce, such as cruelty or adultery, but it’s not always necessary to prove that if you want to get a divorce.

3. Understand Child Custody and Support

Like most states, the main concern for judges during a divorce and child custody and support case is your child’s best interests. Any child custody agreement your attorney assists you with negotiating depends on how beneficial the agreement is for your child.

During a child support case, you and your spouse’s income will both be considered as it is your equal responsibility to ensure your child receives the financial support they need. Your child custody and support attorney will assist you with negotiating and calculating support. You can request child support before getting a divorce during the separation period so that your family’s daily lifestyle is not suddenly impacted by your divorce.

4. Collect Documents for Your Attorney

Besides child custody and support, you want to make sure your attorney has all of the documents and information he or she needs in order to ensure your divorce is fair.

Here are examples of records you should have ready for your attorney to look over during your consultation:

  • Bank statements
  • Children’s medical records
  • 401k statements
  • Mortgage statements
  • Business ownership documents
  • Signed contracts
  • Children’s expenses
  • Stock and bond statements

The list of documents your attorney may need doesn’t end here. Your attorney will tell you the documents they need to ensure a fair distribution of property and assets, as well as child custody and support.

5. Hire An Experienced Family Law Attorney

The most important thing you can do for yourself is to hire an attorney who will work to ensure that your needs are met during your divorce. Bobby Dale Barina, Attorney At Law can guide you every step of the way while providing ample knowledge and legal advice.

Contact Bobby for a divorce consultation at (254) 523-4446 today!