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Divorce proceedings are never easy. Not only do they involve a number of sensitive, personal details about a couple’s marriage, but they also raise a number of important questions about crucial matters, such as alimony, child support, and child custody. Even when a divorce is uncontested, there is the potential for heated arguments, bitter disagreements, and hurt feelings.
If you are in the process of getting a divorce, it is important that you protect your rights and best interests by working with an experienced Austin family law attorney. Failing to understand your legal rights and options may result in an unfair division of your property, loss of child custody rights or mandatory monthly payments that you cannot afford. Contact Peek & Toland to begin the divorce process with a knowledgeable attorney on your side to ensure that your rights are protected. Call us at (512) 474-4445.
An uncontested divorce is when a marriage has come to an end but the two parties have retained a cooperative relationship. Even when ex-spouses have come to an understanding regarding personal possessions, there may still be a number of issues that will have to be worked out. Issues that may be dealt with during an uncontested divorce may include:
- Child support: It will be necessary to ensure that the agreed-upon monthly support complies with Texas guidelines.
- Child custody and visitation: The best interests of the children affected by the divorce must be carefully considered.
- Spousal support or alimony: In some uncontested divorces, alimony or spousal support is warranted and necessary.
- Division of property: Separating property, financial accounts, business interests and retirement funds can be a complicated process even when the two parties are cooperating.
A contested divorce is one where the relationship between the ex-spouses has become combative and bitter. Contested divorce proceedings often devolve into unnecessary conflict, stress, and frustration. These types of divorces typically involve disputes over child support, alimony, visitation rights, and property division. Family law mediation may be needed to help the two sides come to an agreement that is fair to both parties.
Protecting Your Rights
Divorce proceedings can get messy because of the heightened emotions and the number of critical issues at stake. Ex-spouses who are fighting over visitation rights, for example, may accuse one another of not protecting the best interests of the child. In some cases, allegations are made regarding drug use or sexual abuse to keep one or the other from having primary custody. These are serious allegations that can have long-lasting consequences. The decisions made during the divorce can affect each party financially and emotionally. They may even affect your career and financial security.
Modifications and Negotiations
Even if a divorce is final, it may be possible to alter the visitation and support orders. For example, if your financial situation has changed, the support you have agreed to pay may now impose an unreasonable hardship. It may be possible to alter the agreements made during the divorce proceedings to fit your current situation. Each divorce case is unique. But if your circumstances have recently changed, you may want to revisit your existing support, child custody and support orders. An experienced Austin divorce lawyer can help you better understand the facts of your case and help you make solid, informed decisions.
If you are facing a divorce, it is crucial that you have a strong legal team on your side. Peek & Toland will ensure that your rights are protected and that you reach the best possible outcome for your circumstances. Please call (512) 474-4445 to schedule a consultation.