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The 4 main areas of divorce

In Texas, there are four main areas that are going to be considered when you're going through a divorce. Each one has many aspects to consider, but it's important to begin by looking at these major categories.

-- Division of both property and debt.

You're going to be splitting up marital property and debts, meaning anything the two of you took on while you were married. This could be nearly everything you own if you've been married for a long time, but those who haven't been married as long may still have more property from before the marriage.

-- Child custody rights.

Not only do you need to determine who gets custody, but you also have to look into visitation (conservatorship and access) rights. If possible, courts try to keep both parents involved in a child's life.

-- Child support.

For this, the Texas Child Support Guidelines will be used. Factors that influence support include income levels, earning capacity, number of children, standard of living, and more. This is often one of the most complicated and hard-fought aspects of the case.

-- Spousal support.

Also referred to at times as alimony, spousal support can be paid out on either a temporary or a permanent basis. Many of the factors that influence child support also come into play here. Additionally, a spouse may be able to ask to make a payment up front, rather than continuing to provide spousal support for years.

If you'd like to learn more about the divorce process, the specific laws in Texas and how you can prepare yourself, please take a look at our site or give us a call now.

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