The divorce will trigger a large range of emotions for you and your family. Remember, you are grieving the loss of a marriage. It is a difficult time filled with extreme feelings, financial upheaval and, unfortunately, pain and emotional distress. Divorce can often bring out the worst in people. It can also provide people an opportunity to grow, find their voice and develop a better life and future for themselves.
It is the function of a family law attorney to guide you through the tumultuous divorce process and help protect. Primarily, we determine what YOUR goals and expectations are and worked toward them to the extent possible. When going through this stressful time, it is important to work with someone that knows the law and has your best interests in mind. You want a professional on your side that will listen, advance your objectives, use clever problem-solving skills, and negotiate shrewdly and strategically on your behalf.
Texas is a “no-fault” state which entitles a person to a divorce if they decide they want one. Divorce can be contested and uncontested. The divorce process is designed to help reach agreements or prepare for trial so that the judge or jury can order the terms. While we continually strive to help clients reach agreements outside of court, we are always preparing for trial if negotiations fail. The goal of the Law Office of Diane St. Yves is to get you through the process as efficiently and painlessly as possible.
Maneuvering through the Divorce process includes the resolution of child custody issues, including possession and access (visitation), child and medical/dental support, property division and a variety of other issues. There is nothing “normal” or “cookie cutter” about the process.
Whether a divorce is contested or uncontested refers to whether you and your spouse have reached agreements as to the terms of the divorce. Terms will include an agreed parenting plan providing for custody, rights and duties of each parent, possession and access for each parent and child and medical support. If you have reached or anticipate reaching an agreement in your case, then your case is considered an uncontested divorce which helps to streamline the process.
It is rare that a case is fully uncontested; however, if the parties and the attorneys work together, resolutions are reached through the mediation process or through an informal settlement process.
If you cannot agree on terms, then you have a contested divorce which can mean protracted litigation including discovery, depositions, court hearings and ultimately a multiple day trial either to a judge or a jury.
Contact the Law Office of Diane St. Yves, PLLC in Houston, Texas by filling out our contact form or call us at 281-501-1558.
The Attorneys at the Law Office of Diane St. Yves are skilled at drafting a parenting plan that creatively fits your individual situation. Contact our office today at 281-501-1558 to get an evaluation of your case or fill in our contact form on this page.