Temple Divorce Attorneys
Providing Quality Legal Services for Over Two Decades
Whether you are in the consideration phase or you are ready to officially file for divorce, the Law Office of Brett H. Pritchard is here to help. From filling to the Final Decree, our firm provides legal counsel at every stage of the process. We are proud to assist clients in Temple and the surrounding areas.
Speak with a compassionate lawyer from our team by dialing (254) 220-4225.
There are several common misconceptions about divorce, and it is important to separate fact from fiction before you file.
Myth #1: When filing for divorce, there must be proof of fault.
- One of the most common myths surrounding divorce is that there has to be proof of fault. Texas does not require spouses to provide a specific reason (or evidence to support that reason) in order to get a divorce. In fact, the court only needs sufficient evidence that the marriage is insupportable and cannot continue.
Myth #2: Children can choose who they live with after a divorce.
- The court system does not allow children under the age of 18 to decide where and with whom they want to live in a divorce. Instead, judges evaluate each case to create a custody agreement that’s believed to be in the child’s best interest.
Myth #3: If parents have joint custody, they spend equal time with their children.
- Unfortunately, a widespread misconception is that joint custody means that the child spends equal time with both parents. Custody is an extremely complex legal situation, and every case is handled differently based on the level of communication between parents. Work schedules, school, and other activities make spending equal time with parents difficult, so despite having joint custody, it’s unlikely that the child will be able to spend a perfectly even amount of time spent with each parent.
Myth #4: During property division, assets are divided equally.
- In terms of property division, many spouses assume that their property will be divided equally. Like child custody, property division is often a frustrating and complicated process. In reality, property falls into two groups: common and separate property. Common property is anything bought and owned jointly during the marriage, while separate property is acquired prior to the marriage or with independent funds. Retirement funds, pensions, and debt are also divisible during a divorce if spouses earned them during the marriage. High net worth divorces also present unique issues in that they involve assets with high value and/or international property.
Divorce is an incredibly emotional process that can create strife and contention. Understanding your options for the future can help to provide peace of mind during this difficult time. The Law Office of Brett H. Pritchard is passionate about helping our clients work through myths and misconceptions to build a strategy tailored to their unique needs.
When Does a Divorce Go to Court?
Every siutation is different, and not all divorce cases happen independently of the court. Divorce takes time and money to resolve, and many spouses require oversight from a judge to reach a resolution. These are called contested divorces, and they happen when spouses disagree on one or more elements of the divorce agreement. On the other hand, spouses who can amicably reach an agreement on the terms of their divorce can proceed with an uncontested divorce, which is typically resolved more quickly and for significantly less money than contested cases.
Guidance Throughout the Divorce Process
Whether your divorce is contested or uncontested, or you have questions about filing, property division, or child custody, the Law Office of Brett H. Pritchard is here to help. With over two decades of legal experience in and out of court, our firm has worked with thousands of clients in and around the Temple area. We help answer your questions, determine your options, and build a case strategy to meet your goals.
Speak with an experienced Temple divorce lawyer at the Law Office of Brett H. Pritchard 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.
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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