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Preparing for divorce can reap significant benefits

Divorce is a serious decision, one that merits careful consideration before moving forward. Just as you would not make other major life decisions without planning and preparation, you should not proceed with the divorce process until you have the appropriate groundwork in place.

Preparing for divorce can reap significant benefits

Divorce is a serious decision, one that merits careful consideration before moving forward. Just as you would not make other major life decisions without planning and preparation, you should not proceed with the divorce process until you have the appropriate groundwork in place.

How does Texas law address child custody?

When two parents in Texas divorce, they may have many concerns. Divorce can be difficult for a child to process, and each parent may wonder how much time the person will get to spend with the child now that their marriage has ended. Sometimes parents need to turn to the court to make child custody decisions. If that is the case, it is important to understand what the laws regarding child custody in Texas are.

In Texas, hiding assets during a divorce has severe consequences

Texas is a community property state. This means that most assets either spouse acquired during the marriage are considered the parties' community estate. A Texas court will divide community property between the spouses to achieve a result the court deems fair. This does not necessarily mean a completely equal split. Assets either spouse owned before the marriage, or acquired as gifts or through inheritance, remain the separate property of that spouse.

What are the residency requirements for divorce in Texas?

Once the difficult decision is made to get a divorce, there are a number of legal issues that must be addressed. One of the first is to make sure you meet the minimum requirements for residency in Texas. Fortunately, for most people this is not a problem.

Visitation rights based on the parents' residences in Texas

When a Texas couple parts ways, but shares a child, one of the most difficult aspects of the aftermath is determining parenting time and adhering to the visitation rights. Understanding how the state law decides on parenting time and whether or not visitation modification is necessary is imperative to parents so they can avoid rancor and disagreements regarding the child. Amicable agreements and contentious battles are possible and everyone needs to know the different laws that are applicable when it comes to visitation.