What Are Your Questions? We Can Answer Them.
If you face a challenge regarding family law, you probably have many questions. At Friedman Law Office, we can answer them for you. Here, we have collected some of the questions we receive most frequently. If you have more questions you need to ask a lawyer in person, contact our law firm for a consultation.
Q: How Long Will A Divorce Take?
There is no simple answer to this question. Some divorces take weeks, while others stretch on for months, or, in extreme cases, years. However, a Texas divorce cannot finalize until 60 days after filing the divorce petition. When you speak to a divorce attorney, they can help you determine how long your case will take.
Q: What Do Courts Consider When Dividing Assets?
Texas is a community property state, which means that all marital property — assets and property acquired after the marriage — must be divided in a just and right manner between spouses.
When dividing assets, a judge may consider:
- Each partner’s earning capacity
- Tax implications
- Fault in the marriage
- The benefits one spouse may have received by staying in the marriage
- Whether one spouse will pay the other support
Q: What Is Child Conservatorship?
Texas refers to child custody as “conservatorship,” which involves making legal, medical and religious decisions on a child’s behalf. If one parent is the sole managing conservator, it means that they have control over these aspects of a child’s life. In a joint conservatorship, both parents share decision-making responsibilities.
Q: What Factors Go Into Child Conservatorship Decisions?
The court issues child custody decisions based on the child’s best interests. Each case is unique, but some major factors affecting child custody include:
- Each partner’s parenting abilities
- The emotional and physical needs of the child
- The presence of domestic abuse, addiction or mental illness
- The wishes of the child, depending on age and maturity
Q: How Much Child Support Will I Have To Pay?
Courts determine child support payments by using a formula developed by the Texas Legislature. For example, if you have two kids, you will owe 25 percent of your income. However, several factors can affect child support. We cannot determine the specific amount you will pay unless you speak to one of our attorneys about your unique case.
Do You Have More Questions? Ask Them To Us.
Without a doubt, this FAQ scratches only the surface of your questions, comments and concerns. You can schedule a free, confidential consultation with Friedman Law Office to ask your questions to one of our attorneys. Call us in Texarkana at 903-949-6364 or send us an email.