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Family Law Overview

Galveston Family Lawyer

Texas Family Law and Divorce — Galveston, League City, Texas

There are a number of situations that may arise throughout a person’s lifetime that warrant the counsel of a Galveston family lawyer, whether when going through a divorce, seeking custody of a child, hoping to change a spousal support order, and more. Whatever family law issue you’re facing, we understand what you’re going through, and are here to help.

Making the Best of Bad Family Legal Situations in Texas

Our attorneys are here to help your family make the best of situations that have precarious–and potentially negative–outcomes. We believe in fostering an environment that is supportive for our clients, encourages them to ask questions, and always put clients’ needs first. Our family law lawyers help you to understand Texas family code, what your legal options are, and what steps to take next to preserve your best interests. We can represent you during mediation and negotiation, as well as in the courtroom if necessary.

If you need help solving a difficult legal problem in the realm of family law, the Law Offices of Tad Nelson & Associates are here. Call us today at (281) 280-0100 on to schedule your consultation.

Our Family Law Practice Areas

The majority of family law cases that our firm handles involve divorce, and the many issues that surround divorce. We have helped couples in a variety of different situations resolve complicated issues in divorce, and always prioritize cooperation and communication between parties. That being said, we do have more than a decade of a half’s worth of trial experience, and can represent you in a case involving:

Texas Marriage and Divorce In the Last Decade

  • Average Divorce Rate Per 1000 Residents: 2.39
  • Average Marriage Rate Per 1000 Residents: 6.07
  • Average Age of Marriage for Women is 26.6
  • Average Age of Marriage For Men: 28.5
  • Roughly 25% of children live with only one parent (more than often the mother).
  • In 2013, divorce affected the lives of 59,135 children under 18 years of age.

Why Working with an Experienced Galveston Family Lawyer Matters

We know better than anyone how complicated family law matters are, and how devastating or uplifting the results can be for parties in a case. When you work with an experienced Galveston family law attorney like those found at the Law Offices of Tad Nelson & Associates, you improve your chances of securing a more positive outcome for your case. While we can never guarantee what the outcome of your case will be, we can promise to put in the time, work, and effort that is necessary to give your case the attention and care that it deserves. We also understand that family law matters can be very sensitive, especially when there are children involved. We always maintain 100 percent client confidentiality, and handle all family law matters with a high level of consideration.

Family Law FAQs

Do I Need An Attorney To Get A Divorce?

As expected, the less marital assets a couple has, the less complicated a divorce will be, especially if they have no children. When a divorce is filed and neither party is uninterested in equitable or spousal support, it is known as a no-fault divorce and can generally be done without an attorney. Forms found in your local county courthouse can be filled out and submitted.

However, if you have kids and/or a large amount of marital assets, or wish to seek equitable or spousal support, you need a professional divorce lawyer to help you through the negotiation process. Whenever there is any negotiation that needs to take place in a divorce, it is known as a contested divorce and must go to trial and be presented before a judge.

How Long Does A Divorce Take To Finalize?

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In Texas, a divorce cannot be finalized until at least 60 days after the divorce petition was filed. The complexity of the divorce also greatly determines how long a divorce can take to finalize. Most divorces take anywhere from six months to a year to reach a final decision.

Hiring the right lawyer is also a key factor in how long a divorce will take. You need an experienced professional family law lawyer to fight for you and your interests, and keep the divorce process moving quickly. If you are looking to file a divorce, reach out to The Law Offices of Tad Nelson & Associates to speak with a divorce lawyer today.

How Is Child Support Determined In Texas?

Almost always, the individual to pay child support is the one with whom the children will not reside, known as the obligor. As for determining the amount required, a Texas court will subtract the following from the net income of the obligor:

  • Taxes
  • Union Dues (if any)
  • Any health coverage payments for the children being withheld

The court will then determine a percentage to be deducted from the remaining income based on the number of children the obligor has along with other factors. There is a helpful calculator to give you an idea of how much you can expect to pay in child support. However, hiring a divorce attorney will ensure you won’t be required to pay more than required based on your circumstances.

How Do I File A Protective Order In Texas?

In order to file a protective order in the state of Texas, the following criteria must be met:

  • Another person has harmed, or threatened to harm you
  • You are afraid they may harm you again
  • You, your spouse or significant other has a close relationship with the individual who hurt you

Keep in mind it is best to meet with an experienced attorney to speak about your situation to know for sure whether a protective order is a possibility or the right thing for you.

To file a protective order, an application must be filled and submitted to a judge. You may receive a temporary protective order while the actual one is pending approval. Be prepared to testify at a hearing. Most protective orders last up to 2 years.

How Are Marital Assets Divided In A Divorce?

Most of the time, spouses are free to divide their assets as they see fit through a marital settlement agreement. This is a contract in which both spouses settle and agree upon property, debt, and any other issues. However, there is a large number of divorce cases that have so much contention when it comes to asset division that there is a need for a judge to settle the dispute.

If you are expecting a rough divorce, hire a Galveston divorce lawyer to protect you and your interests. The attorneys at The Law Offices of Tad Nelson & Associates have extensive experience in family law cases, especially divorce. Call us today at (281) 280-0100 .

Contact Our Law Firm for Quality Legal Help Today

If you are facing a family law matter, our legal team wants you to know that you don’t have to face it alone. Serving Galveston and League City for nearly 20 years, we are the trusted representation you’re looking for. To schedule a free consultation with our Galveston family lawyer today, fill out our family law intake form, or contact us online or by phone at (281) 280-0100 .

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