Divorce Attorneys in Fort Worth
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Going through a divorce is extremely difficult, regardless of the personal circumstances that led to the decision. At The Clark Law Firm, our goal is to make the process as easy on you as possible. By offering you sound guidance and representation in any depositions, meetings, or court hearings, you can rely on us to protect your rights and best interests. Our Fort Worth divorce lawyers are committed to standing by your side during this stressful time while offering the legal support you need.
Topics to be Discussed in a Divorce
There are many different subjects you must decide during a divorce. If you share children with your spouse, there will be even more complicated matters to discuss. When you and your spouse are unable to come to a decision with the help of your lawyer and their attorney, the decision will be left to the court. Unfortunately, while the judge is given a certain amount of paperwork, they do not know the full details of your life or your children to make fully informed decisions.
A few examples of the topics you must discuss during a divorce include:
Is Divorce Expensive?
Divorce is often quite expensive. Determining the appropriate division of property, assets, and parenting time, as well as the money required to spend toward spousal support and child support can be complicated. A final agreement can take months, even years to complete, resulting in long hours of negotiations and expensive attorney and court fees. The costs eventually add up; and in the end, you could be left struggling to start a new life.
Understanding the financial obstacles you can possibly face during the proceedings can help you figure out how to make divorce as least costly as possible.
The following are common issues that make divorce more expensive:
- Great Amount of Large Financial Assets - A divorce which involves an abundance of financial assets (e.g. multiple properties, businesses, stocks and stock options, retirement and pension, trusts, etc.) often requires valuation conducted by financial experts. Furthermore, the transfer of financial assets can have tax implications for one or both parties, which makes it mandatory to obtain professional help from a tax expert as well. Paying these professional can cost you a great deal of money.
- Failure to Disclose Information - In Texas, both parties are required to disclose their financial information and history as part of the discovery process to determine a reasonable division. Failure to cooperate can lead to penalties in the form of fines. For example, if one spouse refuses to produce their required documents, the other spouse can file motions that could delay the discovery process, resulting in increased attorney fees and court fees.
- Child Custody Disputes - When disagreements occur over child custody, there are a variety of expenses that are involved. For example, the judge can hire an evaluator to perform interviews and conduct home studies that you must pay for at the end. Other expenses include counselors, therapists, and other professional services.
- Final Judgment Determined by Court Litigation - The costs of court litigation are much higher compared to settling through mediation. In addition, there is a chance that you will not obtain a favorable, reasonable outcome once the final judgment is made by the judge.
Moving Towards an Amicable Resolution
Whenever possible, we recommend trying to go through an uncontested divorce with your spouse. If you are able to come to agreements on all of the important matters involved in your divorce, the outcome will likely be much more positive. The process for an uncontested divorce is often less expensive and less trying on all parties involved. Our team can explain the difference between the normal divorce process and an uncontested divorce when you come in for your initial consultation.