ANGLETON DIVORCE LAWYER
Fighting for You During Your Divorce
When beginning the divorce process, it is important to put your emotions aside as much as you are able.
Rather than dwelling on the past, focusing on your future will help you to achieve your goals.
At Jeff Gilbert Law Office, we provide sound advice and assertive representation to clients in divorce and related matters across Southeast Texas.
Our divorce attorneys help clients make the right decisions for them so they can move forward in their lives with confidence.
Contact us now to schedule a consultation with our Angleton divorce lawyer!
Our family law lawyers represent clients in all aspects of divorce, including the following:
- Divorce — uncontested and contested
- Child custody and visitation
- Property division
- Child support
- Spousal support (alimony)
- Post-decree modifications
- Prenuptial agreements
Texas Residency Requirements for Divorce
To file for divorce in Texas, you must first meet a residency requirement. The requirement states that:
- Either you or your spouse must be a Texas resident for the six months prior to filing
- You must have lived in the county where your divorce is being filed for at least 90 days prior to filing
After you meet this requirement, you can then proceed to file either a fault or a no-fault divorce. If you try to file without having met the residency requirement, your case may be delayed or dismissed entirely.
Is Texas A 50/50 State?
Texas is a community property state, meaning any property that is to be divided in a divorce must have been acquired during the marriage itself. This includes debt, assets, or even loans.
All property is presumed to be community property unless the party that attempts to claim anything for personal reasons can show proof via evidence.
Community property is normally divided by a system that is considered equitable.
Property will be split between each spouse based on a variety of factors including the length of the marriage, the contributions of each spouse during the marriage, and the income of each spouse.
Why Hire an Attorney for Divorce?
It is not necessary to employ a lawyer to divorce. There are options for filing and representing yourself on your own.
However, it is still advisable to maintain the services of an experienced family law lawyer.
A competent attorney would be able to direct you through the difficult legal problems that occur during a divorce.
A common misconception upon hiring a family law attorney is that it would lengthen and increase the cost of your divorce. All of our clients who are going through this tough time are treated with compassion and appreciation.
We look at options that will help you expedite your divorce while avoiding crucial measures.
Other reasons to retain a divorce attorney include:
We can manage all of your extra paperwork and records.
We create solutions that are specific to your goals and requirements.
We'll advise you on which issues are worth your time.
We will assist you in finding any properties that your spouse might be trying to hide.
We'll work with you every step of the way to help you meet both short and long-term goals.
Does it Matter Who Files First in Texas?
As with every state, a judge will not show preference or bias towards the individual who files for divorce first. However, there are certain personal advantages filing first can give you.
For example, if you live in a different county than your spouse, then the county laws you reside in will be taken into effect. Also, individuals who have a child may find that the state they live in tends to favor those with a child that are still minors.
Another advantage includes having the extra time to prepare for the divorce, especially if your spouse doesn't see it coming.
Compassionate & Assertive Representation
Attorneys Jeff Gilbert and Rachel Aguilar are prepared to work closely with you throughout the divorce process. We will learn about you, your concerns, and your hopes for the future.
Jeff will explain your options and the recommended course of action in your family case. Most often, this will involve negotiating a settlement that is fair and resolves the outstanding issues in the most positive way possible.
When the situation calls for tenacious trial litigation, however, our lawyers can fight to ensure that your needs are met.
Throughout the legal process, our lawyers keep you informed of important developments and provide you with compassionate support should you have a need for it.
Protecting Your Rights Throughout Your Divorce
In your case, the goal of Jeff Gilbert Law Office will be to achieve a successful outcome that enables you to move forward in your life.
We will place a priority on protecting your rights at all stages of the legal process.
You will have the confidence of knowing that an experienced Angleton divorce lawyer is on your side, working to help you achieve your goals.