Going through the legal implications of a divorce can be a time-consuming and emotional process. In addition to an already stressful time, the legal documents and preparation required for a divorce case can add to that pressure. Don’t face a divorce case alone–we’re here to help.
As an experienced divorce lawyer in The Woodlands, TX for many years, DeFord Law Firm can make certain your trial is fair and that you get the support needed with as little worry and hassle as possible. If children are involved, our child support and custody lawyers will help you sort out the legal parameters. Have peace of mind knowing we take care of the legal work so you can focus on your family and manage this often difficult life event.
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A QDRO, or qualified domestic relations order, requires a professional and specialized attorney to properly prepare the judicial order. During a divorce, a QDRO will split a retirement or pension plan by creating or recognizing joint marital ownership interests in the plan. Our team at DeFord Law will ensure this process is easy while still protecting your hard-earned money and interests.
If you’re facing a divorce, you may be left wondering if spousal support, commonly referred to as alimony, will be required after the divorce is finalized. In Texas, there is only one type of post-divorce alimony, called spousal maintenance. It’s a temporary amount of money one spouse will pay to the other over a certain amount of time once the divorce is final. In order for a spouse to receive support, he/she must first qualify for eligibility depending on a few different scenarios.
In Texas, spousal maintenance eligibility requirements include:
- Family violence was committed by the other spouse.
- The support seeking spouse cannot earn sufficient income for basic needs because of a physical or mental disability.
- The couple was married for ten years or longer, and the support seeking spouse cannot earn sufficient income for basic needs.
- The support seeking spouse has custody of a child of the marriage who requires special care due to a mental or physical disability which prevents the custodial spouse from earning sufficient income for basic needs.
If the spouse is deemed eligible and the court determines spousal maintenance is appropriate, an amount and time frame will be decided for how long the award will last. Spousal support has many restrictions and precise requirements. In order to make sure you’re either receiving or paying a fair amount of spousal support, get help from a reliable staff of divorce lawyers in The Woodlands who specialize in family law services.
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Part of the divorce process is dividing up both spouses’ property including assets and debts. Since Texas is a community property state, the courts try to equally divide these assets and debts by determining which items were acquired during the marriage and which were acquired prior to the marriage. Once that has been established, a fair value is placed on each piece of property. This can be a time-consuming and sometimes problem-causing situation between spouses. Our professional divorce lawyers at DeFord Law Firm can help you separate your property and determine a settlement solution.
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