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Divorce

Are you in  need of a divorce lawyer or need to end a  domestic partnership?

DIVORCE OR DOMESTIC PARTNERSHIPS

Before you come in to see Gerald  Fugit for an initial divorce law consultation in Odessa, you should have an idea  as to how you’d like to handle your family’s assets and debts, including those that are either just in your name or your spouse’s name. How do you want your family to look and function after the divorce?  It’s difficult to think clearly when you are stressed. Think about it. Write it down and bring it to him.

He’ll discuss the different costs of a divorce and how he can save you money.

You need to discuss who would get custody of the children & whether the two of you are in agreement.  The important thing to remember is that your children are watching you.  Their interests should come first. What happens in a divorce will impact them forever.

Often, divorcing couples will settle at some point prior to trial. A divorce can take anywhere from one week to two years to complete, depending on the level of agreement between the divorcing couple.

Texas has both fault and no-fault divorce, but has no provision for legal separation. If you file for a divorce, you can ask the court for orders that deal with things like the use of property.  For example, who would get to live in the house? Who would get  temporary custody of the child or children? How would support issues be handled?

Texas is a community property state, and living apart does not make property that you’ve  acquired together – –  separate property. For example, your salary becomes your separate property when you are no longer officially married (i.e., when your divorce is final). Be sure to check with Gerald to see what is & what is not separate property.

Mediation would also be an option. Many divorcing couples choose mediation when working out the specific terms of their settlement agreement. It’s less expensive than hiring two lawyers; and perhaps more importantly – for the long run, it can keep the parties from becoming adversaries. In Odessa, Texas , the court can refer a case to mediation and the mediation agreement may be legally binding.

An experienced Odessa, TX divorce lawyer should have experience and legal expertise in the field of family law. Family law covers a variety of topics such as divorce or dissolution of marriage, paternity, domestic partnerships, child custody and visitation, domestic violence, restraining orders, spousal support, child support, guardianship, adoptions, community property, division of property, and more. Some divorce attorneys may specialize or have more experience in specific areas of family law.

Gerald Fugit has had more years guiding couples through their divorce and the terms of the law in Odessa, TX, than he cares to admit. Divorce is always sad.  It’s the end of a relationship – but, it could be the start of something good. He’ll help steer the way.

Call GERALD FUGIT @ 432-301-9252

Odessa Law Practice

 

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