Divorce in Texas

Divorce Lawyer in Houston, Texas

Divorce can be one of the most stressful events in your life. Some have even compared it to the emotions felt when a loved one passes away. People going through a divorce often experience anger, frustration, guilt, and resentment.  Those feelings of despair can profoundly affect one’s ability to work, raise children, and conduct normal daily routines.  Our skilled divorce attorneys will protect your emotional and financial interests.

Attorney Shawn M. Rudisel and his staff tirelessly protect their client’s interests.  The firm’s Houston divorce attorneys aggressively negotiate settlements, mediate matters, and litigate in the courtroom when necessary. Through patience, consultation, and education, clients can make better decisions throughout the divorce process.  Contact us and schedule your complimentary consultation to learn more about the divorce process and decide what action is right for you.

What is a Contested Divorce?

Once filed, divorce presents many issues. Property division, child custody and visitation, child support, and visitation are commonly disputed.  A contested divorce occurs when parties cannot agree on one or more issues.  Each spouse will have a lawyer during the process to represent their best interest.   Your Houston divorce attorney can often negotiate a settlement in mediation or informally that protects our clients, their families, and assets.

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What is an Uncontested Divorce?

A divorce is considered uncontested when the spouses agree on all issues. Uncontested divorces are not only faster but much more cost-efficient.  Further, one lawyer can assist the parties through the divorce process. A  court cannot grant a divorce until the expiration of 60 days from the date of filing.  During that time, our divorce attorneys meet with the spouses, discuss all issues and agreements, and draft the documents necessary to finalize a divorce. Our divorce attorneys handle hundreds of uncontested divorces yearly and can complete most of them within 60 days. Call us for a complimentary consultation if you consider a divorce and think it may be uncontested. We file all of our divorces on the same day to make the process as quick and painless as possible.

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Mediation

Mediation is a negotiating process used to settle cases amicably.  A mediator, a lawyer certified in family settlement negotiation, hosts a meeting between the spouses and their attorneys to discuss all issues.  Mediators separate the spouses in private rooms. The mediation process allows the spouses to discuss their issues in a relaxed and private environment. The mediator will settle all issues and notify the court. Consequently, most courts in Texas require mediation on contested divorces.

Divorce and Property Division

Under Texas law, courts must divide the marital estate in a “just and right” manner. Texas is a community property state. There is a presumption that all property owned, acquired, or possessed during a marriage is community and subject to division upon divorce. Separate property consists of property owned before marriage, gifts, and inheritance.  Courts cannot divide separate property. Our divorce attorneys can assist you in determining what property is community and what is separate by gathering information and inventorying your assets.

Divorcing with High Net Worth and Assets

The process becomes more complex when spouses have accumulated a large marital estate (business interests, retirement, stocks, real estate, etc.).   Texas law treats different types of assets and income differently.  Separate and community assets can be commingled or “mixed” together. As a result, a lawyer will trace commingled property to divide it among the spouses properly.  In extremely complex cases, we employ forensic accountants to meticulously trace the assets, giving us a clear picture of the marital estate and its value. Your lawyer must know about complex property division to adequately protect your assets and net worth.

Modification of Divorce Decrees

Here at The Rudisel Law Firm, P.C., our lawyers can modify the terms of prior divorce decrees.  Child custody, child support, and visitation provisions can be modified if a change in circumstances has occurred and the modification is in the children’s best interest. Explore our site and blog for more information on modifying an existing divorce order in Texas.

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If you find yourself on the verge of divorce, call The Rudisel Law Firm, P.C. We have the knowledge, trial experience, and professional staff necessary to protect you, your family, and your property. Let our Divorce Attorney in Houston protect you, your family, and your assets. We know what it takes to win.