Divorce

Our divorce attorney, Andrew Stasio, has helped hundreds of clients through some of their most challenging times. He knows that divorce is a time of great personal upheaval and it can be difficult to see a way forward. If you are ready to take control of your situation, then Andrew can help you.

When your legal matters involve the people you love the most, emotions can run high and many clients find that their ability to reason can be impaired. However, unnecessary conflict can be detrimental for all parties. Attorneys or spouses do not need to become personal enemies to achieve their goals. Andrew will deal with your spouse or your spouse’s attorney in a cordial manner, not only as a matter of professional courtesy, but to help your case reach a satisfactory outcome without unnecessary conflict.

Andrew’s depth of experience in Texas Family Law means that he is able to deploy a number of strategies, depending on your personal circumstances, to ensure that you achieve the best outcome for you and your children. Andrew is a lawyer who will listen to your concerns and explain your rights and options in terms you can understand. He offers creative alternatives and legal choices within the boundaries of the Texas Family Code requirements and the criteria of each Family District Court.

Andrew is dedicated to actively protecting his clients’ current and long-term interests and maintaining the integrity of the family during this time of transition. He is committed to providing quality legal representation and giving you the information you need to make informed, effective decisions. Andrew will help you transition to a calmer, happier, more stable life.  

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Divorce in Texas

Either person in a marriage is entitled to file suit and be divorced in Texas if one of them meets the residency requirements. Texas has a “no-fault” divorce statute that simply requires one of the parties to claim that the marriage is “dead” and can’t be saved. In a divorce, the court will determine conservatorship, access and support of minor children of the marriage and will divide the community property and allocate the community debt. A court may also determine and confirm “separate property” of each party and restore a woman’s prior name if she requests the court to do so. The parties should not file for divorce unless they have made every effort to save the marriage, and a court can order counseling if the court believes it would be productive. The court cannot grant the divorce until at least 60 days has passed from the date of the filing of the divorce suit. Most couples can reach an agreement with the assistance of attorneys. Agreements save money and emotional energy for the participants. Look also at our collaborative law options for a divorce.

Residency Required for a Texas Divorce

You must be a resident of the State of Texas for a period of at least 6 months and a resident of the county you file in for at least 90 days immediately prior to filing the divorce.

Community Property in a Texas Divorce

The Texas Constitution says that all assets acquired during the marriage are community property with a few exceptions such as an inheritance or a gift. Retirement accounts, homes, vehicles, a family business, real estate, personal property, and money on hand or in a bank are examples of community property. Judges in a divorce suit will try to divide the assets and liabilities in a fair and just manner (often equally if both parties have substantially equal incomes). However, a court can order an unequal division of the community property. Adultery, fault in the marital break-up and unequal earning capacity or disability of a spouse can factor into the division.

Finalizing a Divorce

Your divorce is final on the day the Decree of Divorce is signed by the Judge. You may not remarry for 30 days after your Decree is signed without the approval of the Court.

An experienced divorce lawyer will help you get an equitable property settlement and maximum parental rights and visitation with your children.

Hire a professional divorce attorney

Going through a divorce is one of the hardest events you can endure during a lifetime. Reduce some of the stress by hiring a competent and professional divorce attorney who will be on your side throughout the process. For a confidential consultation or information on how the lawyers at Stasio & Stasio can assist you, contact us now.