Going through a divorce is a life-changing event and it’s not something that you should do on your own, even if you both agree on custody, division of assets and liabilities and other areas where you need to settle your differences. If you think of a marriage as a contract between two people, you also have to think of divorce as a contract. The Law Office of Lisa L. Taylor will help you with responding to a divorce petition or filing a petition.
Upon filing for divorce or answering your spouse’s petition for divorce, you’ll have to provide several items including financial documents, titles to assets including real property and vehicles, and you’ll have to submit your expectations for child custody, child support, visitation and spousal maintenance. If you are in a situation where you and your spouse cannot agree on any of these items, you may try to mediate or the court will make a decision for you.
Alimony or spousal maintenance is based on the financial well-being of both parties. While courts also take into other considerations, the recipient’s need and the other spouse’s ability to pay are the main considerations. Other considerations may include whether you have children, whether both parties are employed, whether one spouse is not employed or is finishing school and whether a spouse has a disability.
In some cases, even when a couple is married, paternity is in question. Paternity may be determined by DNA tests. In some cases, the parties may not be married, but the father knows that the child is his and needs to alert the courts that he is responsible for the child and wants to document child support. The Law Office of Lisa L. Taylor will file the appropriate documents or ask the court to order DNA testing as the situation dictates.
Child Custody, Child Support and Visitation
If you need the court to help you decide child custody, then, in most cases, you will also have child support and visitation issues. Custody does not necessarily have to be with the mother. The parents may decide that the father should have custody or that the parents have equal time sharing were the children spend 50 percent of the time with one parent and 50 percent of the time with the other parent. In some cases, one parent may not be able to have custody or unsupervised visitation. The court will make that determination based on the actions and any court, police or medical documentation that is available.
Child support and visitation are based on the type of custody. Child support is also based on the parents’ incomes, the number of children you have and the type of visitation and custody you agree upon.
Contact the Law Office of Lisa L. Taylor
If you wish to file divorce, have been served with divorce papers, need to determine paternity or have child support, custody and visitation issues in Cameron, Hidalgo and Willacy Counties in Texas, call the Law Office of Lisa L. Taylor to schedule a consultation.