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Why Contested Divorce is the Right Procedure for some Couples

Five years! This was how long one divorce case lasted before the court, where it was filed, was finally able to make a decision. Not only that, but that same divorce case was also handled by four different judges, involved six different divorce attorneys and costed about $400,000.00. It was bitter and hostile and, maybe the saddest part, is it could have ended much sooner had the wife accepted her former husband’s offer of $5,400 monthly support, half of everything in their million-dollar home plus $50,000 cash more. Clearly she refused the offer simply because her lawyer (whose fees, by the way, were paid by the husband too) told her to decline, saying that she can have more. Her refusal to accept monetary offer was to her loss, however, because the court, in the end, ruled only a $1,500 monthly alimony; but since custody of the children was awarded to the husband (due to her drinking problem), she had to pay the husband 525 a month in child support. Worse (for her), all still unpaid legal fees (for her attorney and forensic accountant) will have to be shouldered by her. In the event of divorce, there are a handful of other issues that spouses need to settle; child custody and visitation rights, child support, alimony or spousal support, and division of property, assets and debts. Texas courts, specifically, according to the Texas Family Code, usually encourage spouses to first settle these issues between themselves peacefully and amicably; however, there are just divorce cases where spouses cannot reach an agreement and rather choose to argue against each other. It is divorce cases like these that end up in a court, where all final decisions are made by the presiding judge. A court-litigated divorce, called Contested Divorce, is the traditional way of settling divorce cases. It is usually a tough, emotional,...
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How to Settle Child Custody

When divorces involve children, deciding on a settlement is always a bit more complicated. Both people want what is best for their child and believe they are what is right. When these emotions are brought into a legal setting, figuring out custody agreements can get messy. The website of the Law Offices of Baden V. Mansfield says that just because a marriage ends does not mean the rights to raising your child should. Here are a few tips on how to keep your custody battle as painless as possible. Think about what is best for your child. Not in the sense that you are comparing you and your soon to be ex-spouse, but rather comparing the conditions the two of you will be in. Who will be keeping the house? Who will be living in a district with better schools? Who works longer days? These are all things you need to consider when deciding who your child should stay with the majority of the time. When it comes to child support, try to separate your ex from their income level while negotiating child support. Look at their salary and the amount of time they will be taking care of your child, and just that. Thinking about their spending habits may cause you to want to punish them for being frivolous or take advantage of them since they know how to save money. While it is essential for you to be reasonable throughout this whole process, if your ex-partner is not being reasonable in return, do not let that influence you to fight back or give in to demands that are not logical. Law Firm Arenson Law Group, PC, says on its website that when filing for divorce there are an immense amount of legal issues that must be addressed. In an already complicated process, there is no need to...
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