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Family Law FAQs

Kim Hamilton Attorney at Law Nov. 14, 2023

Paper cut family, judge gavel and bookFamily law encompasses an array of legal issues related to marriage, divorce, child custody, alimony, prenuptial agreements, and more. These matters are often complex and emotionally charged, requiring a deep understanding of the laws and regulations that govern family affairs in Texas. It's within this context that Attorney Kim Hamilton operates, providing clients with knowledgeable guidance and representation. 

In Texas, family law cases are typically adjudicated in district courts, where the specific processes can vary greatly depending on the individual circumstances of each case. That's why it's important to have an experienced family law lawyer, like Kim Hamilton Attorney at Law, by your side. He ensures that his clients' rights and interests are protected throughout the legal process, offering advice and strategies tailored to each unique situation. 

Frequently Asked Questions About Family Law in Texas 

The following is a compiled a list of the most frequently asked questions about family law in Texas to help you understand the key aspects and complexities. Remember, each situation is unique, and this general advice should not replace consulting with an attorney. 

I just got served with divorce papers. What are my next steps?  

Being served with divorce papers can be overwhelming, but it's crucial to act promptly and seek legal counsel. Your next steps should involve finding an attorney who has a firm grasp of family law. You'll also need to gather the necessary documents and prepare a response to the divorce petition.  

How long will it take to get divorced in Texas?  

The duration of a divorce process in Texas can depend on various factors. These might include the complexity of the case, the level of cooperation between the parties, and the court's schedule. Uncontested divorces typically take around 60 to 90 days, while contested divorces can last significantly longer.  

What are the grounds for divorce in Texas?  

Texas recognizes both fault-based and no-fault grounds for divorce. No-fault grounds include insupportability, which refers to situations where the marriage has become insupportable due to discord or conflict. Fault-based grounds can include adultery, cruelty, abandonment, conviction of a felony, or living apart for at least three years.  

Will I be awarded alimony?  

Whether you'll be awarded alimony, or spousal support, depends on various factors. These can include the length of the marriage, the financial needs of the requesting spouse, the ability of the other spouse to pay, and any fault in the breakup of the marriage. An attorney can provide a comprehensive assessment of your situation and advise you on the likelihood of receiving alimony. 

What is the difference between a legal separation and a divorce?

In Texas, legal separation is not recognized. Instead, couples can choose to live apart without getting a divorce. However, this does not provide the same legal protections and rights as a divorce. A divorce legally ends the marriage and addresses issues like property division, child custody, and support.  

When is mediation a good option?  

Mediation can be an effective way to resolve family law disputes. It allows parties to work together with a neutral mediator to reach mutually agreeable solutions, potentially avoiding a lengthy court battle. Mediation can be especially beneficial for matters like child custody and visitation, property division, and spousal support.  

Who gets to keep the home during a divorce?

The division of marital property, including the family home, is determined based on various factors. These include each spouse's financial circumstances, the best interests of any children involved, and each spouse's contributions to acquiring and maintaining the property.  

How do I make (or change) a child visitation schedule? 

To create or adjust a child visitation schedule, it's recommended that you work with the other parent or seek the assistance of a family law attorney, like Kim Hamilton. If both parents agree on a schedule, they can submit the proposed plan to the court for approval. If there's a dispute, the court may intervene and make a decision based on the child's best interests. 

I'm not sure I'm the child's father. What are my options?

If you're uncertain about paternity, it's crucial to consult with an attorney who has a deep understanding of family law. Options may include genetic testing to establish paternity, legal actions to assert or contest paternity, and seeking appropriate rights and responsibilities regarding the child.  

What are the benefits of a prenuptial agreement?  

A prenuptial agreement, or prenup, is a legal document that outlines how assets, debts, and other financial matters will be divided in the event of a divorce or death. It can provide clarity, protect individual assets, and potentially simplify the divorce process.  

Do I need an attorney for my divorce?

While it's possible to navigate a divorce without an attorney, it's often beneficial to have one. An experienced family law attorney can provide advice, represent your interests, and help ensure a fair outcome. 

Get the Help You Need Today

Navigating family law issues can be daunting, but you don't have to do it alone. Attorney Kim Hamilton is here to provide expert guidance and representation for clients throughout Fort Worth, Texas, and beyond. With a deep understanding of Texas family law, he's committed to protecting your rights and interests at every turn. Reach out today to learn more about how Kim Hamilton Attorney at Law can assist you with your family law needs.