Texas residents may have seen people go through divorces on television or may have friends or family members end their marriages. However, that may not truly prepare people for their own divorce and its consequences. It may be a shock to give up property or lose the ability to see a child on a regular basis. The best way to obtain a favorable outcome in a divorce is to understand what it aims to accomplish.
For parents, a divorce proceeding will likely determine who is responsible for child support. While state guidelines may be used to determine the amount of support paid, other facts such as a parent's financial situation and the custody agreement may be used to set an amount. Alimony might also be ordered based on the facts of a particular case.
In addition to a support order, a child custody and visitation order will likely be issued as well. In many cases, this will be negotiated by the parents. Assuming that it keeps the best interest of the child in mind, a judge is likely to approve any plan the parents come up with on their own. Finally, a divorce may determine who gets marital property such as a family home or assets inside a retirement account. Texas is a community property state, which means items are generally divided 50/50.
The end of a marriage may result in many changes for adults and children alike. Having the help of an attorney may make it easier to reach an accord. This may help parents preserve relationships with each other and their children going forward.