Lampasas Divorce Attorney
Protecting Your Interests During Divorce in Lampasas County TX
Divorce isn't easy emotionally or legally. Your whole married life is boiled down to numbers and divided between you and your spouse, and your children have to live in two separate households. This can be a confusing time filled with emotion for you, your spouse, and your children.
Whether you are still in the consideration phase of filing for divorce or you’ve already begun the process only to realize that you need the help of a legal professional to ensure proper execution of all aspects of the process, the Law Office of Brett H. Pritchard has the experience you need. Our Lampasas divorce lawyer has over two decades of experience serving clients in Lampasas and the surrounding areas. We offer compassionate legal counsel to meet your needs, from filing to the Final Decree and everything in between.
Call (254) 220-4225 to begin the divorce process with one of our legal advocates.
What Is the Divorce Process in Lampasas TX?
Every state has restrictions and rules for divorce proceedings, and Texas is no different. There are three significant steps in a divorce that are likely to vary in regulation from state to state: property division, child custody, and spousal maintenance.
Depending on your circumstances, these steps may become more complicated, or you may need the assistance of a third party. To that end, divorce should always be handled by a qualified divorce attorney in Lampasas, TX. The Law Office of Brett H. Pritchard has worked on thousands of divorce cases, including military and high net worth divorces.
How Does Property Division Work?
One of the most complex elements of a divorce is the division of assets. Texas is a common property state, which means that anything purchased with a joint bank account or owned jointly during your marriage is community property. If your case goes to court, the judge will split community property as evenly as possible between you and your spouse.
Property that was inherited by you or your spouse exclusively is not community property. For example, if you inherited a piece of land from a relative, and you are the sole beneficiary, it is your property. Assets you had before the marriage, in addition to anything you purchased with separate funds during the, are separate property.
Property division is especially challenging for high net worth divorces. These cases often involve international property and high-value assets, which require an appraisal to determine value. In some cases, the property has been in the family for generations, and the value has changed over time. These factors often increase the cost and duration of divorce proceedings.
Military divorces are also tough to work through. Military spouses not only have to follow state regulations but military regulations as well. These cases often take longer, especially when a spouse is deployed. Military pensions and retirement funds are communal property, and the process for dividing a retirement fund is confusing at best.
Whether you are dividing property in a regular divorce or a special case, it is always best to speak to a lawyer about your options. Attorney Brett H. Pritchard the experience you need to protect your assets during a divorce.
Child Custody in Lampasas County
Custody can be contentious in many cases. Divorce is already an extremely sensitive process, but deciding the best future for your children can be even more emotional. Texas courts favor granting both parents access to the child except in situations where abuse and/or neglect is a factor. This means that, generally, a judge will consider the parents' ability to provide a stable home environment and determine a fair custody agreement where both parents have equal time with their child.
Keep in mind that this is the best-case scenario, but because all divorce cases are different, financial or behavioral factors may alter the amount of time each parent can spend with the child. For example, the judge may not give physical custody, where the child lives with one parent, to a parent who is financially unable to support themselves and the child.
In the eyes of the court, child custody is based on the child's best interests. An arrangement that provides the most support and safety is the goal of any custody agreement.
What Is Spousal Maintenance?
In Texas, alimony or spousal support is called spousal maintenance. Spouses must meet several qualifications to be eligible for spousal maintenance, and the court has to evaluate the financial status of both spouses after property division to determine a sufficient sum for support. Typically, the court does not award spousal maintenance to spouses married less than ten years, except in certain situations.
For example, suppose the spouse responsible for paying maintenance is convicted of domestic violence or abuse against the other spouse and/or child. In that case, the judge may agree to grant spousal maintenance even if they were married for less than ten years.
The judge will also consider the spouses' finances and education when deciding the amount of spousal maintenance and the duration of payments. These factors include the following:
- The financial status of both parties after property division
- Educational and employment skills of both parties
- The time it would take to obtain adequate education and training to enable a spouse to earn a sustainable income
- The availability of training and education
Spousal maintenance can also be affected by the custody agreement and how property is ultimately divided in divorce. That's why it is crucial to have legal counsel to protect your rights during every stage of the divorce process.
Lampasas Divorce Lawyers Providing Guidance During Divorce
Divorce isn't easy, and it's never a simple decision. Your finances, employment, relationship, and parental responsibility are calculated down to the smallest decimal, and the court can sometimes seem unsympathetic to the difficult nature of your case.
The Law Office of Brett H. Pritchard has assisted with countless divorce cases from start to finish. We understand how emotional this process can be, so our team provides compassionate consultations that are entirely confidential. We work with you to organize the necessary information at every stage of the divorce; we help you determine your best options; and, most importantly, we protect your interests throughout the process.
Speak with a Lampasas divorce attorney who cares about you. Contact the Law Office of Brett H. Pritchardtoday.
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.
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.
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.
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