Divorce refers to the dissolution of marriage. Each state has its own requirements governing when and how a divorce is granted. The states vary regarding the division of marital property, alimony, child custody, visitation, and child support.
If you are considering filing for divorce, or if your spouse has filed for one, then you need to speak with a Denton divorce lawyer as soon as possible. Someone who is highly experienced in the legal process will be able to navigate the waters, and make the process less stressful for you.
While you always need to consult a divorce lawyer to fully understand your rights in a marital dispute where divorce is contemplated, here is some general information you need to know:
The Petition for Divorce is the initial document filed with the Texas court. This document is what specifies the reason for the divorce, and why the filing spouse is requesting the court to terminate the marriage. These grounds for divorce include:
- Fault Based Grounds: Mental cruelty; adultery; imprisonment or conviction of a felony; abandonment; living separate and apart; insanity and confinement to a state mental hospital.
- No-Fault Based Grounds: The marriage has become insupportable because of discord or conflict of personalities that destroys the legitimate ends of the marital relationship and prevents any reasonable expectation of reconciliation.
There are quite a few factors that go into making a decision regarding the terms of a divorce:
- Your age
- length of marriage
- employment history
- any history of family violence
- property brought into the marriage
- contribution of a spouse as a homemaker
- marital misconduct (adultery or cruel treatment)
- and so on
Each of these details need to be thoroughly examined by an experienced divorce attorney, in order to ensure the best possible outcome, and to prevent anyone from taking advantage of you.
other factors which need to be addressed during a divorce are:
Alimony (Spousal Maintenance)
If you are a spouse who is:
- the victim of family violence
- or who has been married more than 10 years
- or who is raising a child of the marriage who suffers from a mental or physical disability,
Then you must contact a Denton divorce attorney to discuss the possibility of obtaining a significant court-ordered maintenance.