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While you may not be the first person to go through a divorce or family law matter, there has never been a case exactly like yours. Your situation and your priorities are unique. For your case to be successful, you need a family law lawyer in Westlake who will take the time to learn about your situation and find out what is important to you.
Concerned about your future with your kids? Have a cherished asset that you want to protect? Worried about how this will impact your retirement? Whatever it is, we want to hear about it. We do not build generic legal strategies in divorce, child custody and other family law cases. Instead, we get to know you. We find out what’s important to you and we customize a strategy designed to achieve your goals.
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Frequently Asked Family Law Questions
Do I need a divorce lawyer?
When filing for divorce in Texas, the state does not require you to hire an attorney. However, divorce laws are very complicated, and you do not get any special treatment in the courtroom if you represent yourself. You will be expected to understand all courtroom procedures and have knowledge of Texas divorce law. Judges are not very patient with people who show up in court unprepared and uninformed. At a minimum, we recommend consulting with a lawyer before you file for divorce. If you are looking for a divorce lawyer in Westlake, contact us today.
How much will my divorce cost?
The cost of a divorce varies widely based on a number of factors. In general, the more combative the spouses are toward each other and the larger the size of marital assets, the higher the cost of the divorce. Amicable divorces where there are no children and the amount of marital property is relatively small are usually the most affordable.
Does the timing of my divorce matter?
It is not the day that you file for divorce that matters, but the timing of when your divorce is finalized. Newer tax laws mandate that divorced couples file separately in the year that their divorce is finalized. This means that even if a divorce is finalized in December, the IRS requires each spouse to file separately as if they had been divorced since Jan. 1. If you’re not prepared, this fact can have a huge impact on your taxes.
How is child support calculated?
In Texas, child support payments are typically calculated using a percentage model. For one child, the child support payment is usually 20 percent of the obligor’s net monthly income. For each additional child, another 5 percent is added. However, there are circumstances and considerations that can change these calculations and the amount owed.
Can I request genetic testing in Texas?
In Texas, you can request genetic testing before the birth of the child to determine who the father is or is not. There are certain procedures available during pregnancy or after the birth of the child. If there is an agreement between the mother and alleged father of the child, you can move forward quickly and easily with testing. However, if there is not an agreement, you may need to seek court-ordered genetic testing.
What is conservatorship?
Simply put, conservatorship determines who is making decisions on behalf of a child or children. Often, both parents are named joint managing conservators and work together to make decisions in the best interest of their child or children. However, some judges and courts rule that these decisions can be made independently of each other. If you are looking for a child custody lawyer in Westlake, reach out to us today.