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Divorce and Family Law Frequently Asked Questions

From divorces to child custody disputes, family law issues are often deeply emotional and life-changing. Divorces are incredibly impactful on the lives of those involved and can be, unfortunately, also technically challenging.

The Law Offices of Douglas Ray York, PC, has the answers to your divorce and family law questions – be they financial, legal, or personal. If you have any questions that aren’t answered below, contact the Houston high-asset divorce attorneys of York Law today.

Q: How Are Parental Rights and Responsibilities Decided in Child Custody Cases?

There are several factors that the court will consider when deciding on issues of parental rights and responsibility in child custody cases:

  • Any past history of abuse or neglect;
  • The child’s choice, if appropriate;
  • The child’s emotional, physical, and medical needs;
  • The child’s relationship with both parents;
  • The financial stability, health, competency, and lifestyle of each parent.

If you are worried about your ability to protect your child’s interests or your parental rights, contact our Houston divorce attorneys for high-net-worth individuals immediately.

Q: Do I Need to Have a Good Reason for My Divorce?

Presently, you can legally receive a no-fault divorce anywhere in the U.S. However, if you can prove bad behavior such as adultery, abuse, insanity, or criminal activity, the court may take that information into account in your divorce proceedings.

Q: What Factors Could Affect Spousal Support?

Spousal support, also known as “alimony,” is a form of financial support given from one former-spouse to another following a divorce. The exact amount will be determined by a court or decided in a divorce agreement.

If the alimony is to be determined by the court, several factors will be taken into account, including:

  • The length of the marriage;
  • The health needs and lifestyle of each spouse;
  • The resources and income of each spouse;
  • The potential earning power of each spouse, regardless of current income.

Spousal support is likely to be a possibility when two spouses in a divorce own or earn significantly different amounts. While the low-income spouse is likely to be looking out for their own financial stability, the high-earning spouse may be worried that their spouse will demand a high portion of their income. In either case, the assistance of an experienced Houston high-asset divorce attorney can make all the difference.

Q: Do I Have to Live in Texas to Get Divorced Here?

You can receive a legal divorce in Texas even if you weren’t married there. To qualify for a Texas divorce, you or your spouse must meet both of the following requirements:

  • At least one spouse must have been a Texas resident for the past six months or longer;
  • At least one spouse must have resided in the county in which they file for the last 90 days or more.

With frequent travel becoming an increasingly common part of our lives, residency requirements can present a problem for those interested in a Texas divorce. To learn more about whether or not you qualify, contact our experienced Houston divorce attorneys.

Q: Do I Need a Family Law Attorney?

If you’re considering a divorce or are struggling with child custody issues, you may wish to seek the insight of an experienced family lawyer. These cases can be life-altering, and they are incredibly important in the lives of those involved. Because of this, seeking compassionate and skillful legal representation is essential.