A Dallas, Texas divorce lawyer may be helpful even if the proceedings do not end up before a judge. Working with an attorney may help you better understand your options. When you file for a divorce, there are several issues that must be resolved or determined before the separation is finalized.
An attorney may help sort these things through. Issues include:
- child or spousal support;
- the legal and physical custody of any children;
- the division of property and assets; and
- the allocation of any outstanding debts.
If you and your spouse agree on terms for each of these issues, then you have an uncontested divorce. Simply put, nobody is contesting any of the items involved in the settlement. Uncontested divorces typically conclude outside the courtroom, via a settlement reached by the two parties and their attorneys.
If you disagree on any of the above items, this is considered a contested divorce, and you may need to go to court in order to settle your issues before a judge. The judge will hear testimony and consider evidence to determine how property will be divided, who will have custody and how much child or spousal support will be due.
Except in cases of adultery or abuse, most couples choose to file uncontested divorces. These settle outside the courtroom and they are quicker, less costly and easier on all parties involved. Divorce is already stressful for most individuals, so minimizing that stress may be advantageous.
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