Texas Divorce Practice Center
What You Need to Know Going Into Divorce
At the League City, Texas, firm of Tad Nelson & Associates, we help people in Galveston County and throughout the Houston metro area manage the divorce process while minimizing the damage to their personal lives. We offer a friendly and supportive environment where questions are encouraged and honest answers are given. We will clearly explain your legal options so you can make decisions with confidence.
Below, we have provided some articles containing general information about divorce in Texas, including issues such as child custody, property division and child support. For more specific information about your case, contact us directly to arrange a consultation with an attorney.
Divorce in Texas – An Overview
A divorce is a method of terminating a marriage contract between two individuals. In Texas, divorce can either be “no fault” or fault-based. No fault divorce is a marital termination proceeding where the divorce is granted without either party being required to show that the other is responsible for the breakdown of the marriage. Under no fault rules, either party may obtain a divorce, even if the other spouse does not consent to the divorce.
Texas divorces can also be fault-based, requiring one person to give a legal reason in order to get a divorce. In Texas, divorces can be granted on the grounds of (1) adultery, (2) abandonment, (3) incurable insanity, (4) imprisonment for a felony conviction or (5) cruel and inhuman treatment. Tex. Fam. Code § 6.301. Typically, a fault-based divorce is pursued if the couple cannot reach a satisfactory settlement about property division, child support or custody, and one party wants the court to consider the conduct of the other party when deciding the issue.
Contemplating divorce is always difficult. Involving a knowledgeable Texas family law attorney from Tad Nelson & Associates as soon as possible in the divorce process is one of the best ways to preserve your own long-term financial and emotional health. Contact our League City, Texas, office today to schedule a consultation.
Division of Property in Texas
When there is little or no marital property, no children and no spousal maintenance, spouses can usually obtain a quick divorce by having an attorney draft a divorce agreement and having a judge approve it. Most divorces, however, are quite different and far more complex. Issues that complicate divorces include considerable marital property (both personal property and real estate), children, family businesses, large or concealed debts, trust funds, real estate in other states, joint and separate bank accounts, investments, insurance, pensions and other assets. In these complex situations, the parties often require the assistance of the court to divide their property.
Questions to Ask During Divorce
Considering whether to end your marriage is one of the most important and difficult decisions you will ever have to make. It is also important to approach the question from a rational perspective rather than solely an emotional one. In many ways, it is a business decision that requires you to evaluate many issues.
How to Move On
Recovering from a divorce is similar to the grieving process one experiences when a loved one dies. There are five stages in the process: shock and denial, anger, ambivalence, depression, and recovery. Many people expect to work through these stages one after the other, but that isn’t usually how it happens. You can expect to move in and out of each phase over time and sometimes experience more than one phase at the same time. It is a difficult process and time consuming.
An Amicable Divorce
Divorce is one of the most emotional experiences a person will ever face. The decision to end a marriage is not an easy one and it is often accompanied by anger, fear and resentment.
Texas Divorce Resource Links
Texas Family Code
Title 1, Subtitle C, Chapter 6 of the Texas Family Code regarding suits for divorce.
The Language of Divorce
A glossary of divorce-related legal terms from the Family Advocate Client Handbook: Divorce Forms.
Marriage and divorce verification
Instructions on requesting a marriage or divorce verification in Texas.
Frequently asked questions about child support
A publication of The Child Support Division in the Office of the Attorney General of Texas with answers to frequently asked questions about child support.
A publication of the Office of the Attorney General of Texas about obtaining a protective order.