Lubbock County Divorce Lawyer
Ready to Guide You Through the Divorce Process in Lubbock County
At Cofer & Connelly, PLLC, we understand that going through a divorce is a difficult and emotional process. That's why we offer our clients in Lubbock County a compassionate and experienced team of divorce lawyers who are dedicated to helping them navigate this difficult time.
Our team of Lubbock County divorce lawyers has years of experience handling all types of divorce cases, from uncontested divorces to high-conflict cases involving complex financial and custody issues. We pride ourselves on being responsive and proactive, working closely with our clients to ensure their rights and interests are protected throughout the divorce process.
Divorce Laws in Texas
To file for divorce in Texas, at least one of the spouses must have been a resident of the state for at least six months prior to filing. Additionally, the filing must occur in the county where either spouse has been residing for at least 90 days.
Texas allows for both no-fault and fault-based divorce. No-fault divorce can be based on "insupportability," which essentially means that the marriage has become insupportable due to discord or conflict between the spouses that cannot be resolved. Fault-based grounds can include adultery, cruelty, abandonment, felony conviction, and living apart for at least three years.
In cases where both spouses agree that the marriage is insupportable and there are no disputes over property, assets, or children, they can file for a simplified, uncontested divorce, which may expedite the process. In a contested divorce, on the other hand, the spouses cannot agree on one or more key issues related to their divorce, and they typically require court intervention to resolve these disputes.
Here are the common divorce-related issues:
- Property Division: Texas follows a community property system, which means that most property acquired during the marriage is considered community property and is subject to division upon divorce. However, Texas law also allows for "equitable distribution" if it is deemed fair and just.
- Spousal Support (Alimony): Texas courts can award spousal maintenance (alimony) in certain situations, such as when one spouse lacks sufficient property to provide for their minimum reasonable needs and the other spouse has the ability to pay. The amount and duration of spousal support can vary based on several factors, including the length of the marriage and the financial situation of both spouses.
- Child Custody and Support: Texas courts prioritize the best interests of the child when determining child custody arrangements. Joint custody (referred to as "joint managing conservatorship") is common, but the specific custody arrangement will depend on the unique circumstances of the family. Child support calculations are based on statutory guidelines that consider the income of both parents and the needs of the child.
Texas has a 60-day waiting period from the date the divorce petition is filed before a divorce can be finalized. In some cases, this waiting period may be extended if child custody issues are involved.
In Lubbock County, divorcing couples are required to attempt mediation before going to trial to resolve issues related to child custody, property division, and support. This is an effort to encourage amicable agreements and reduce the burden on the court system.
Why Choose Our Firm
At Cofer & Connelly, PLLC, we understand that every divorce case is unique. That's why we offer our clients personalized attention and tailored solutions that are designed to meet their individual needs and goals.
Our firm is also familiar with the local courts and judges, which means we can provide our clients with insights and strategies that are tailored to their specific situations. We are committed to helping our clients achieve the best possible outcomes, whether that means negotiating a fair settlement or aggressively litigating their case in court.
If you are searching for a divorce attorney in Lubbock County, look no further than Cofer & Connelly, PLLC. Contact us today at (512) 991-0576 to schedule a consultation and learn more about how we can help you through this difficult time.
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