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Divorce FAQ

Answers from Our Beaumont Divorce Attorneys

Divorce can be incredibly difficult and it always has a huge impact on your future and your family. Because of this, we know that you may have many questions. Having the answers can greatly assist in your chances to receive a favorable outcome, protect your children and your assets, and help ensure that your best interests are always well-protected.

Learn more by reading some answers below or call Shelander Law Offices at 409.204.0895 to schedule your free phone consultation.

What is the difference between a contested and uncontested divorce?

Some couples are able to reach an agreement about their divorce issues without having to involve the court. In these uncontested divorces, a couple can talk out their issues and come to a decision on maintenance or support payments, custody issues, property division, and more. Uncontested divorces can therefore save you stress, time, money, and disrupt your children as little as possible.

However, sometimes you cannot avoid a contested divorce. These occur in matters where there are contentious issues, where spouses cannot agree, or when you and your spouse cannot come to an agreement. In these cases, your attorney may ask for the court’s help in making decisions. The judge will review the facts and make his or her decision based on the circumstances and the best interests of your children.

Can I ask for alimony?

Known as spousal maintenance in the state of Texas, these payments can help a spouse after a divorce. Maintenance is awarded by the court based on the circumstances of the case, including proving a need, showing that one spouse needs the training or education to join the workforce, mental or physical disability preventing one spouse from working, or an imbalance in the monetary contributions made in the marriage, among other issues.

How is property divided during a divorce?

Texas is known as a community property state, which means that most things acquired during a marriage belongs to each spouse and any property gained separately belongs to that individual spouse. Community property is divided equally, depending on the circumstances of the divorce, the financial need of each spouse, and proving any fault, along with other issues. The court may also divide a spouse’s pension, 401(k), or other benefit with a Qualified Domestic Relations Order (QDRO).

How is child support determined?

Texas employs a calculation to determine how much child support a spouse may be ordered to pay. This is based on your monthly net income, including your salary, tips, rental income, and other sources of income, minus taxes and dues, and medical expenses. This is then multiplied by a percentage based on the number of children you have.

My circumstances have changed. Can I modify my agreements?

Family law courts understand that people remarry, move for work, or gain or lose employment. In these cases, it may be necessary to modify your divorce agreement and settle new terms regarding custody of your children, child or spousal support payments, or move-away agreements. In order to do this, you and your attorney will have to prove that your changed situation requires a change in terms. You may also have to prove that your child’s circumstances are dangerous or not conducive to their upbringing.

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    Tara Shelander offers a lot of energy, diligence, and motivation to serve you, as our client. Tara has a background in business and entrepreneurship. She has experience litigating cases involving business practices, contempt of court, child support, child custodydivorce, and criminal cases.

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    Mel W. Shelander has practiced law at the same location for over 35 years, successfully handling thousands of different kinds of cases for clients throughout Texas. As a lawyer, he is intentionally not board certified in any one area of practice because he does not want to narrow his practice to one specific area. As his client, you benefit from this broad viewpoint for your specific case. Mr. Shelander is married and the father of five children. He is a native of Beaumont and has lived and ...
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