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Dividing property in a Texas divorce

Couples who file for legal separation or choose to terminate their marriage in Texas must deal with a myriad of issues before signing the final divorce settlement. One of the most challenging may be that of separating property that was accumulated during years of marriage. People may get attached to certain items and it can be emotional when it comes time to divide property, vehicles, furniture and possessions.

Collaborative divorce: a more amicable divorce approach

At the Law Office of Roland R. Esparza, PC, we know that times have changed. Many divorcing couples in Texas today no longer wish to engage in a lengthy, costly and acrimonious court battle and prefer a more amicable divorce approach. Nevertheless, divorce is never easy, and each party wants the comfort of his or her own attorney looking out for his or her best interests. If you and your spouse fit this description, a collaborative divorce may be just what you are looking for.

When a divorce agreement is no longer agreeable

Our clients at the Law Office of Roland R. Esparza, P.C., often work hard to reach a divorce agreement with their former spouses. That is why we know exactly what the terms of a divorce mean — in a legal and a personal sense. For the majority of our clients, these documents represent hours of discussions and weeks of waiting.

3 ways to combat stress during divorce

Because stress affects each person differently, the feelings felt during a divorce can become incredibly complex. Not only does stress overshadow daily aspects of life that have suddenly changed; it can also become prominent during divorce procedures themselves. Matters can become especially difficult when children are involved. Regardless of the individual situation, the following three steps can help newly divorced Texans get back on track.  

What are the grounds for filing for divorce?

If you are filing for divorce in Texas, then there is something that happened with your marriage to cause it to end. There are many reasons why a marriage may end, but in any case, you have to go through a legal process to formally end the relationship. Until you have a court ruling, you are still married. When you do file for divorce, the Texas Attorney General, explains you have options when choosing the grounds for your divorce.

Are attorneys necessary in uncontested divorces?

If you are interested in the process of obtaining a divorce in Texas, you have probably come across the idea of uncontested divorce. This option is available, under specific conditions, to married couples in the state. This type of divorce typically requires less time and fewer resources, and is therefore potentially desirable if you meet all the requirements. Even with the simplified process, legal advice may still be useful if you are considering using this option in certain circumstances.

What are ways to protect a business from a divorce?

While it may not be pleasant to think about, sometimes a divorce can have a dramatic impact on a Texas business if it is owned by both spouses. Sometimes a couple may have a lot of their wealth tied up in the business, which can result in the company being sold to make a settlement. A recent article by Marketwatch lays out possible ways you can protect a business you partially own from the consequences of a divorce.

Are business assets always divisible in divorce?

When you go through a divorce, part of the process includes asset division. Some assets are easier to divide than others. For example, a car is easier to figure out than a business. If you have an ownership interest in a company, how do you distribute that? Will your spouse automatically get half of it?

Do you qualify for an uncontested divorce?

You often hear stories of divorce cases in San Antonio devolving into bitter disputes that take years to resolve. Yet not all cases proceed this way. If you and your spouse are able to work through the issues surrounding the end of your marriage amicably, yours may qualify as an uncontested divorce. Such cases (which are also known as simplified divorces) are often able to be resolved much faster than a traditional divorce case, and with less paperwork and potentially fewer fees. However, your case must meet certain criteria in order to qualify. 

Is your prenuptial agreement valid?

Prenuptial agreements can offer peace of mind that you will be protected if your marriage dissolves, but mistakes made during the creation of the document can sometimes make the contract invalid. There are many different types of errors that can be made and might cause the document to be discounted by a judge.