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Spouses may consider divorce for several reasons, but the decision to end a marriage is usually the culmination of many factors built up over the years. Divorce, by nature, brings emotions to the surface as spouses try to navigate custody, property division, and spousal support.
Know that you do not have to face the divorce process alone. The Law Office of Brett H. Pritchard provides high-quality legal representation you can trust. To date, our firm has helped thousands of clients with their divorce cases by evaluating the details of their case, working one-on-one to determine a strategy that is suited to their situation, and helping them understand their options. Divorce is complicated, so let us handle the legal side of your case so you can focus on moving forward and healing emotionally.
Call the Law Office of Brett H. Pritchard at (254) 220-4225 to learn how we can help you work through your divorce.
How Are Assets Divided in a Texas Divorce?
Property division is a complicated process that can sometimes tip the scale toward a contested divorce, especially in high-net-worth cases where assets have an extremely high value. Different states have specific laws related to the division of assets and, in Georgetown, property falls into two distinct categories: community property or separate property.
Texas is a common law state. This means that the state recognizes property owned by both spouses as community property, and almost everything else as separate.
- Community property is something owned or purchased jointly. For example, during your marriage, you and your spouse decided to join your bank accounts. The bank account is community property owned by both of you equally.
- On the other hand, if you inherited a lake house from a relative during your marriage, but it was left to you exclusively, the house is separate property that belongs to you. This property would become community property if it was left to both spouses during the marriage or purchased with joint funds. However, in this case, the lake house belongs solely to you.
Property or asset ownership can easily become contentious in situations where the property is highly valued or located on a valuable piece of land. This does not happen with most divorces, but spouses with high-net-worth have more at stake in the property division stage of a divorce. These cases require the oversight of a qualified attorney to help broker an agreement and provide legal counsel for complex estate or asset issues that may arise.
Other Factors in a Divorce
In addition to property division, custody, child support, and spousal maintenance are important parts of the divorce process. Texas courts determine child custody based on the child’s best interests. This means that the judge takes into consideration the financial, emotional, and behavioral characteristics of each parent to determine if they are capable of supporting the child. The future emotional and physical needs of the child are extremely important to the court. If a judge believes that a parent could be a threat to the child’s needs and stability, they may limit or prohibit visitation in some cases.
Texas uses percentages to calculate child support. For example, if there is one child, the parent will pay 20% of their earnings in support. This system is used to determine a fair support amount that is sustainable.
Spousal maintenance, however, is not an automatic requirement in divorce cases, meaning the court does not assume that spousal support is necessary until proven otherwise. If the spouse seeking maintenance convinces the court to grant support, the judge will evaluate the earnings, family history, and employment skills of the other spouse.
Custody, child support, and spousal maintenance are complex issues that can be confusing and frustrating for families. An attorney can help you build a case with the future of your family in mind.
Helping Clients with Their Divorce Cases
The Law Office of Brett H. Pritchard has served thousands of clients for more than two decades. Our attorney has guided clients through the property division process and helped them retain their assets during a divorce.
We are committed to helping clients at every stage of the divorce process, from filing to custody agreements and more. We provide high-quality legal advice backed by experience in and out of court. Our clients are important to us, so we dedicate our knowledge and skills to their cases with our unique, hands-on approach. We work with you to understand the details of your case and advocate for your interests.
Divorce cases we handle:
- Uncontested divorce
- Contested divorce
- Military divorce
- High net worth divorce
Whether you have an uncontested or contested case, a divorce involving a high net worth, or you are a military service member facing divorce, we have the experience you need to help you every step of the way. At the Law Office of Brett H. Pritchard, we aren’t just a legal team, we are advocates who work to protect your best interests.
Don’t wait to get the legal help you need. Contact our Georgetown divorce lawyer for compassionate legal counsel.
We offer free initial consultations and are easily accessible by phone. For honest advice and legal counsel, call (254) 220-4225 today.
Brett H. PritchardOur lead lawyer, Brett H. Pritchard, is a graduate from Brigham Young University and Texas Tech University. Earning an exemplary reputation as an aggressive and formidable trial lawyer, Attorney Pritchard is ultimately passionate about protecting his clients' rights.
Andrew ThompsonIn 2016 Andrew was licensed to practice law in Texas and opened his own solo practice. His practice focused primarily on Child Protective Services and Criminal Law. Andrew has been working with the Law Office of Brett H. Pritchard since 2017. Andrew is passionate about fighting for his client’s rights and serving the military community.
Brent T. SykoraAttorney Brent T. Sykora has a wealth of experience in the legal realm, stemming firstly from his First Chair litigation experience in both federal and state courts, administrative hearings, and ADR proceedings.
Danah WoodsDanah Woods has a broad range of state and federal civil litigation experience including trial, discovery, and mediation and has practiced throughout the State of Texas. Danah began her career working in the insurance industry as a claims adjuster and ...
Darmeisha SlayAfter graduating from St. Mary’s University, she practiced as a Paralegal at the Law Office of Brett H. Pritchard until her acceptance into the Thurgood Marshall School of Law in Houston, Texas. While at TMSL, Darmeisha was accepted to practice in the pro bono Family Law Clinic where she represented indigent clients in uncontested and contested divorces.
Jeff LinickWith a background in business and finance prior to going to law school, Mr. Linick worked for several years in the insurance industry with USAA, a company closely associated with the armed services.
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