Family Law Attorney – Dallas, TX
Divorce is a difficult time both physically and mentally for everyone involved. The complicated laws concerning divorce don’t help make matters any better. Our law firm fully understands the turmoil a family goes through when going through these tribulations. We are dedicated to making sure each client is comfortable in every step of the process.
We know you’re full of questions during this difficult time. We’re here to help answer them.
What should I do first when I know I want or need a divorce?
The first step is to make sure you find an attorney you feel comfortable with and discuss your situation in detail with him or her. Do not leave any details out and answer the attorney’s questions thoroughly and honestly. Remember, most of the communications with your attorney are confidential and privileged, with some exceptions.
How does the divorce process begin?
The attorney you hire will prepare and file an Original Petition for Divorce in the county you reside. After discussing the details of your case, your attorney will help you decide whether a temporary restraining order and/or temporary orders are needed in your case. Such orders are necessary only to set out temporary custody arrangements, temporary child support, temporary injunctions, and other temporary matters which can be discussed with your attorney. If there is family or domestic violence in the household, you may also need additional protections available to you under Texas law such as a Protective Order.
How long does the divorce process take?
Texas law requires a minimum waiting period of 60 days starting from the day of filing for divorce until a final decree of divorce can be entered. However, a contested divorce will most likely take longer to finalize, depending on the specifics of your case.
What happens after filing the divorce?
In a contested divorce, a temporary orders hearing will most likely be necessary. After consulting with your attorney, they will help you determine whether such orders are needed. If needed, your attorney will file a notice of hearing for temporary orders and may obtain a hearing date within two weeks of the request, depending on the Court’s schedule. Other steps after filing a divorce include mediation, discovery, social study, and other steps which may be discussed with your attorney.
How is spousal maintenance determined?
Spousal support could be ordered to be paid by one spouse in temporary orders. There are various criteria that must be considered before determining whether one party is eligible to receive spousal support, both temporarily and after the divorce has been finalized. Please discuss the specifics of your case with your attorney with regards to spousal maintenance in order for them to determine whether it is an option.
Children are amongst those most affected by divorce. Hosseiny & Herrera Law Firm is here through every step of the way. Find out how we can help you navigate the confusion of child support and child custody here.