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What to Know if You Are a Legal Professional Seeking a Divorce in Texas
January 31, 2023 Clark Law Group

What to Know if You Are a Legal Professional Seeking a Divorce in Texas

Posted in Divorce

If you are a legal professional, you know all too well how important it is to retain high-quality legal counsel during divorce proceedings. Depending on your field of law, you may be aware of the laws pertaining to divorces in Texas, such as the requirement that divorcing spouses must equitably divide their community property. You may also be mindful that spouses who earn less than their partner may be eligible to receive spousal maintenance. Whatever the case may be, as a legal professional, you are likely aware that obtaining a satisfactory result, in any case, relies on executing and implementing an effective strategy while also knowing the law.

Getting a divorce is a stressful proposition for anyone to undertake, especially someone as busy as a legal professional. Therefore, if you are getting a divorce, consult with a divorce attorney who has represented legal professionals in the past and has obtained favorable results for clients. That way, you will be able to devote your time and energy to practicing law while your attorney works in the background to help ensure that a favorable outcome is achieved in your case, allowing you to move on to another chapter in your life.

What to Know About Protecting Your Income and Assets

Since legal professionals like yourself are compensated well, you likely understand that a lot is at stake if you are to get a divorce. It is essential to remember that unless you and your spouse have a prenuptial agreement, it may be difficult to protect all of your income and assets. Texas adheres to something referred to as a “community property” law, which entitles both spouses to an equal share of property obtained during the marriage. Texas courts try to divide spouses’ community property in a way that is fair and equitable. Furthermore, the court will look at the standard of living during the marriage and other factors concerning spousal maintenance. The law does not require an equal division of post-divorce income; however, the law will usually require spouses who earn more money to provide financial support to their ex-spouse.

Protecting Your Business Interests

If you are a legal professional who owns your legal practice, your practice may be on the table when it comes time to divide your community estate. Business interests are treated similarly to other types of property. Regardless of whether you owned your practice before your marriage, a portion of the practice may be subject to division in your divorce.

Protecting Your Relationship with Your Children

If you have underage children, understand that Texas law considers mothers and fathers to be on an equal playing field regarding child custody. It is not uncommon for the spouse of a legal professional to try and use the fact that their spouse may work extended hours as a part of their legal career and, thus, should not be granted as much parenting time as the spouse who is not a legal professional. Experienced divorce attorneys have heard this type of argument before and are prepared to defend your right to parenting time regardless of your profession.

Contact a Dallas Divorce Attorney

If you are a legal professional getting a divorce, contact the highly skilled Fort Worth, Texas, divorce lawyers with Clark Law Group. Call 469-906-2266 for a private consultation.

Source: https://guides.sll.texas.gov/divorce


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