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The Heart of the Matter

Divorce Divorce

Divorce

Property Division & Valuation Property Division & Valuation

Property
Division & Valuation

Marital Property Agreements Marital Property Agreements

Marital
Property Agreements

Child Custody Child Custody

Child
Custody

Child & Spousal Support Child & Spousal Support

Child &
Spousal Support

Family Violence Family Violence

Family
Violence

Divorce

What matters in divorce

The decision to obtain a divorce is one of the most crucial decisions a person can make. The consequences can last for years or a lifetime. A decision this important requires a great deal of focus and consideration. Divorce is oftentimes unforeseen. Even in planning, one cannot always anticipate what will happen as the legal process unfolds.

Property Division & Valuation

What matters in property division and valuation

The law says that the court shall order division of property in a manner that the court deems "just and right", having due regard for the rights of each party and any children of the marriage. Only community property is divisible by the court; the court cannot divest a spouse of his/her separate property.

Marital Property Agreements

What matters in marital property agreements

One purpose of marital property agreements is to reach agreements as to the characterization of property (separate or community) and division of property upon divorce or death. Parties may execute these agreements before or after the marriage.

Child Custody

What matters in child custody

First things first, prior to any legal engagement please make your attorney aware if:

  • Safety is a concern for you and your child;
  • Your case is a high conflict case;
  • The other parent has an attorney; and
  • Your child has any disabilities.

Child & Spousal Support

What matters in child & spousal support

Child support is money that one parent pays to the other parent in order to provide for the child’s needs, such as food, clothing, housing, daycare, or activities. Obligor is the legal term for the parent who is ordered to pay child support. An Obligee is the parent receiving child support.

Family Violence

What matters in Family Violence

A devastating reality is that family violence may also be an issue in a divorce. Do not think for one moment that you are the outlier.

Family violence is defined by the Texas Family Code as an act by a member of a family or household against another member of the family or household that is intended to result in physical harm, bodily injury, assault, or sexual assault.

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Arbitration can be non-binding or the parties can agree prior to arbitration that the proceedings will be binding. Under existing law, a trial court cannot order binding arbitration, unless the parties have previously agreed to binding arbitration. Unlike mediation, arbitration is similar to a trial before the court in that an impartial third party makes decisions about the issues involved in the case. Evidence is introduced, including testimony from witnesses, with the arbitrator acting in the capacity similar to that of a trial judge. After hearing both parties' evidence, the arbitrator will make a ruling on the issues presented, such as child custody and division of property.

Most cases are resolved either through direct negotiation between the parties and their attorneys or as a result of "alternative dispute resolution" procedures.

What are "alternative dispute resolution" procedures?

The most common methods are mediation and arbitration. Most courts require the parties to attend mediation before allowing the case to proceed to trial.

Mediation is essentially a settlement conference with a third party facilitator - mediator. The mediator is either agreed upon by the parties or appointed by the Court. The mediator's goal is to facilitate a settlement between the parties. However, the mediator cannot require the parties to settle, nor force his or her judgment on any issues in the case. During mediation, each party discusses the strengths and weaknesses of his or her case with the mediator, outside the presence of the other party. The mediator attempts to obtain concessions from each party on various issues in the hopes of having the parties reach a settlement.  If the parties reach a settlement, it is normal to sign a mediated settlement agreement.  With few exceptions, mediated settlement agreements are binding and enforceable. 

Pursuant to the Texas Constitution and the Texas Family Code, persons about to marry may enter into a written agreement, which can alter or eliminate the way property and/or income is treated under Texas law prior to, following or during marriage.

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