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Divorce Representation in Dallas

Helping You through a Challenging Separation

Divorce is a very delicate matter and must be handled with compassion and care. Our Dallas attorneys have extensive experience helping clients file and finalize divorces and are ready to help you. There are many facets of a divorce, so it is important that you retain a lawyer who knows how to handle the problems that may arise during yours.

If you are going through a divorce, you may feel confused and concerned about your family’s future. Our Dallas attorneys can stand with you in court and represent you and your children’s best interests.

Give us a call and talk to one of our attorneys about your situation. Dial (214) 761-3070.

Uncontested Divorce

If you and your spouse are in agreement about the terms of your separation, your divorce is considered uncontested. This kind of divorce is generally a bit easier to work through and may be processed faster than a contested divorce.

When you retain the legal service of Burns Iwuji, PLLC for your uncontested divorce, we will meet to discuss your situation and your divorce agreement. This meeting can be done in person, via telephone, or via email. From there, our firm will file a petition for divorce asking the court to grant your divorce. This begins the sixty day waiting period that is standard in Texas. After all the necessary paperwork has been completed and signed by both partners, we will draft a divorce decree on the basis of your agreement and take your case to court. Once the judge signs the decree, your divorce will be finalized.

Contested Divorce

If you and your spouse do not agree on the terms of your divorce or the divorce itself, it is considered to be contested. Contested divorces are often more complicated and may involve more negotiations and longer processing times.

Contested divorces can include disputes about:

  • Property and debt division
  • Child custody
  • Child support
  • Alimony
  • Division of retirement savings plans
  • Active businesses
  • Attorney fees

If you have a contested matter and your spouse is represented by a lawyer, we strongly recommend that you retain the attorneys at Burns Iwuji, PLLC to represent you. You should not be unrepresented in a contested matter, especially when the other side has representation.

Contested divorces involve much more fact-finding, legal research, and planning. You will need an attorney with legal knowledge, experience, poise, and determination. Allow our team to represent you so that you can move on with your life after your divorce. We are ready, willing, and able to handle your contested matter and will work with you to resolve your case quickly and effectively.

Divorce Process in Texas

Here is a brief summary of the divorce process in Texas.

  • Petition for Divorce – This initiates the divorce process with the court. The spouse that files the petition will be called the “Petitioner” while the spouse receiving the notice of divorce will be called the “Respondent”.
  • Legal Notice – The Petitioner must follow specific steps to give legal notice of the filed divorce petition to the Respondent. The Respondent will need to file an Answer, which lets the court know that the notice has been received. Contact our firm to learn more about this process.
  • Counter Petition for Divorce – This allows the Respondent to make claims against the Petitioner. This won’t be necessary if the divorce is uncontested.
  • Negotiations – During this process, the couple will need to work out several issues during this process including property division, child custody, and spousal support.
  • Final Decree of Divorce – If the divorce is uncontested, then the divorcing couple will have come to an agreement and signed the final decree. However, if the divorce is contested, then a trial date will be set so that the judge can determine the final terms of the divorce. The couple may be required to attend mediation before the trial in a final effort to settle the divorce peacefully.

Property Division in a Texas Divorce

When it comes to property division, Texas is a community property state.

Community property – This refers to the property that the spouses acquire during their marriage.

Separate property – There are a few situations when Texas will recognize something as separate property.

  • Property the spouses acquired before marriage
  • Property that one spouse inherits or receives as a gift
  • Property acquired from a personal injury that only one spouse is awarded (this excludes the financial compensation that a couple receives for any lost earnings during the marriage)

Because Texas is a community property state, this means that when a couple divorces in Texas, the community property will be equally divided. Equal division means that each spouse will receive the amount that the state deems “just and right”. The results of this standard can vary since Texas will also consider the “faults” of the individual spouses when determining matters such as property division, child custody, child support, etc. The faults in a Texas divorce include separation, abandonment, cruelty, adultery, felony, and mental disorder.

Divorce Services for High Net Worth Couples in Dallas

Couples in which at least one spouse has a high net worth will inevitably experience complications during divorce, particularly when it comes to dividing property, assets, and debt. It takes a team of highly skilled, experienced attorneys to work through such complexities and find solutions that are fair and equitable.

When you come to Burns Iwuji for help navigating your high net worth divorce, we are prepared to help you do the following:

  • Characterize all property as either marital or separate
  • Challenge or enforce prenuptial and/or marital agreements
  • Sort out division or allocation of inheritances
  • Valuate business assets and/or corporate interests
  • Form and enforce fair spousal and child support arrangements
  • Determine and pay divorce taxes
  • Division of pension, retirement, 401(k), and IRA accounts
  • Division of business ownership

If you are considering filing for divorce or have already done so, you must seek legal representation from a high net worth divorce attorney in Dallas as soon as possible. Connect with a member of our team at Burns Iwuji today to get the help you need in resolving the more complicated aspects of your divorce.

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Contact Burns Iwuji for compassionate legal representation during your divorce. Call us at (214) 761-3070.

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