Skilled Houston Divorce Lawyers Provide Personalized Representation
Diligent Harris County law firm helps spouses protect their legal rights
Ending a marriage is one of the most stressful events a person can experience. However, effective legal guidance can enable you to emerge from a difficult time with confidence and hope. At Scardino & Scardino, our Houston attorneys represent Texas husbands and wives who are going through a divorce. We are thorough legal counselors who focus on delivering clear, accurate advice tailored to your specific situation. Whether your breakup is amicable or highly contentious, we will take every possible step to help you start your new life on a firm legal and financial foundation.
How to file for a divorce
Though Texas does not recognize legal marriage separation, we can help you handle family law matters such as temporary spousal maintenance and custody while the divorce is pending. At the same time, we can advise you on each aspect of your marriage dissolution, including:
- Grounds and residency — Texas allows married couples to file for divorce either on a no-fault basis or by alleging one of several given fault grounds. In order to file, one of the spouses must have resided in the state for at least six months.
- Post-divorce spousal maintenance — The question of whether a former spouse is entitled to financial support after the divorce is often the most highly disputed aspect of a divorce proceeding. State law allows for payments to be ordered if one ex-spouse cannot fund their basic needs because of disability, children’s needs, or lack of earning ability due to the length of the marriage.
- Alternative resolution methods — In many cases, divorcing couples can reach agreement on custody, support and property division without going to court. We represent clients in divorce mediation and arbitration proceedings to help them resolve the terms of their dissolution in a less expensive, less formal manner.
Once you have made the decision to move on from your marriage, it is important to secure experienced legal counsel. Our firm offers a free initial consultation to help you get started.
Knowledgeable counselors advocate for fair property division
Texas is a community property state, so the value of marital assets is to be divided equally upon the dissolution of the marriage. This includes nearly everything bought during the union as well as contributions to pensions and retirement accounts. Certain items, such as inheritances left to one spouse, can be classified as separate property along with assets that were acquired before the marriage. If you are divorcing and cannot agree on an allocation with your ex-partner, we will argue for a fair resolution under state law.
Contact a dedicated Houston divorce lawyer for a free initial consultation
Scardino & Scardino represents Houston-area clients in divorce and other family law matters. Please call 713-229-9292 or contact us online to schedule a free initial consultation at our office.