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Issues to Address after Divorce Litigation

Posted on in Complex Divorce

Texas divorce lawyer, Texas family attorneyA Texas divorce proceeding or child custody proceeding can bring about a host of changes to your life and the life of your children. Some of these changes may be unwelcome and unpleasant, such as having to move to another residence or even having to seek and obtain a protective order. Nonetheless, it is imperative that you approach these types of proceedings knowing that changes are not just a possibility, they ought to be expected.

Four Things Likely to Change in Your Texas Family Law Case

Litigants in a divorce or child custody proceeding can expect to make at least four changes during the course of their case:

  • Change of residence: In nearly every divorce, one litigant will be awarded the marital residence and the other will be forced to find an alternate residence. While courts tend to award the marital residence or primary residence to the parent who will assume primary parental control over the couple’s children, this is not always the case.
  • Change in parenting roles: Parents who are accustomed to being around their children at all times may have a hard time adjusting to a parenting time schedule imposed by the court that may result in the other parent having several days of parenting time in any given week. Likewise, parents who are used to making all of the decisions regarding the care for their children may have difficulty adjusting to sharing this decision-making process with the other parent.
  • Change of passwords and accounts: Courts will divide the marital property – both debts and assets – between the parties. For instance, a court may award one party the couple’s primary checking account (or some portion thereof) while also assigning to this person the responsibility for a car loan the couple took out while married. When this occurs, you will want to ensure the account information, passwords, and login information for these accounts are changed to reflect your ownership and control of and responsibility for these assets and/or debts.
  • Change of name: While certainly not mandatory, many divorcees choose to take up their maiden name again at the conclusion of the divorce proceedings and/or change their children’s last name. While courts will generally allow an adult to change her last name, a parent may need to provide good cause to the court as to why his or her child’s last name should be changed if the other parent objects to the name change request.

How a Williamson County Family Law Attorney Can Assist You

The dedicated Leander family law attorneys at Powers and Kerr, PLLC can help family law litigants navigate these significant life changes more easily and with more confidence. Our firm works with clients to prepare them for the road ahead: we will inform you of the potential outcomes you may face and how you can be best prepared to address them. Contact our office today or reach out to us online to learn more about how our legal team can assist you during this time of your life.



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