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What are the advantages of a mediated divorce?

Since neither you or your former partner will be bound to anything that you don’t both agree to, the process of divorce mediation allows couples to retain full control over every aspect of their divorce agreement.  Rather, you and your partner will work with a third-party, neutral mediator who will only be concerned with helping you both resolve all of your lingering disagreements.  It is for this very reason that many couples find the process to be relatively amicable, which makes the agreements themselves all the easier to maintain long after they are signed.

If you and your partner plan to legally dissolve your marriage through the process of mediation, you should speak with one of the Colleyville divorce attorneys at Alexander & Associates about the steps you should be taking to prepare for that process.  To discuss the particulars of your situation with one of our attorneys directly, please call us at 817-756-4040 today.

What will be considered as community property?

As you and your partner work through the process of divorce, you will both need to come to an agreement about how your assets will be divided.  While property that is privately held by you or your partner may not be claimed by anyone but the owner, anything that is considered to be community property may be claimed by either party.  Community property is considered to be any property that was acquired over the course of the marriage that does not explicitly belong to a single person.  With this in mind, you will want to be sure that your interests are protected and well represented in any agreement you make with your partner about how you will diving your assets.

If you and your partner plan of legally dissolving your marriage, you should speak with one of the Colleyville divorce attorneys with Alexander & Associates about what you will need to do to protect your interests as you move forward with your life.  To speak with one of our attorneys, please call our Colleyville offices at 817-756-4040 today.

What will be treated as community property during a divorce?

Any property that was accumulated by a married couple during the course of their marriage will generally be considered community property. However, any property that may be proved to belong to a single partner—for instance, property that was acquired before a marriage began—will be considered as separate property when dividing assets during a divorce.

If you are planning on pursuing a divorce from your partner, you should consult with one of the Colleyville divorce lawyers at Alexander & Associates to begin developing a legal strategy to protect your assets. To discuss the particulars of your situation with one of our divorce lawyers, please call our Colleyville offices at 817-756-4040 today.

What do I need to do in order to get sole custody of my child?

Since joint custody is commonly thought to be in the best interest of a child, gaining sole custody of a child can be exceedingly difficult to achieve when the child’s other parent wishes to retain custody. As such, you will need to prove to the court that it is in the best interest of your child that you alone retain custody. To prove that, you must typically demonstrate that the child’s other parent has alcohol or drug abuse issues, a documented history of dangerous behavior or violence, is incapable of properly caring for the child, or mentally incapable of caring for the child altogether.

To discuss your legal options with one of the Colleyville custody attorneys at Alexander & Associates, please call our offices at 817-756-4040 today.

How do I change my child’s last name after a divorce?

Since name changes will not occur for children as part of a divorce, it will be necessary for you to file a “change of name” request with the court. It is relatively uncommon for the court to make a decision regarding name changes; however, the court will do so when there is a valid reason. For instance, if a step-parent adopts the child, if a biological parent’s parental rights are terminated, or if the child was abused by the biological parent, a name change will typically be granted.

If you would like to learn more about changing your child’s name following your divorce, one of the Colleyville divorce attorneys at Alexander & Associates can help. To learn more, please call our offices at 817-756-4040 today.

Why should I retain the services of a divorce lawyer?

Once you have made the decision to legally separate from your partner, you will need to do everything you possibly can to protect your future interests. So, while it’s not strictly necessary retain the services of a lawyer in order to legally separate, an experienced divorce lawyer may be critical to you getting through your divorce as emotionally and financially unscathed as possible. Regardless of what form of divorce you and your partner decide to pursue, a divorce lawyer will be able to advise you of the best possible strategy that will protect your interests throughout this period of transition. Additionally, an attorney can guide you through the often complicated issues of child custody, asset division, and any of the other decisions made in a divorce that will likely affect your future.

To discuss the particulars of your circumstances with one of the Colleyville divorce lawyers at Alexander & Associates, please call our offices at 817-756-4040 today.

Can I modify a court order?

There is a very clear legal process for individuals who wish to modify a court order—for instance, a child custody agreement, a child visitation agreement, or a child support agreement—so that it is more representative of their current personal and financial circumstances. While you do not necessarily need a lawyer to modify these court orders, the process can be highly confusing and time-consuming without one. With the help of an experienced family lawyer, you may be able to modify a number of legally-binding court orders so that you may better care and provide for your family.

To discuss the particulars of your circumstances with one of the family lawyers at Alexander & Associates, please call our offices at 817-756-4040 today.

How can a lawyer help with the adoption process?

Adoptions are often exciting for those looking to expand their family. However,  the adoption process can also be challenging and time-consuming due to the involved paperwork, home visits, deadlines, and planning. A lawyer can help expedite the adoption proceedings by assisting with any complicated legalities such as with paperwork, and ensuring that the parent(s) are prepared for what is to come. Most importantly, lawyers can navigate the extensive set of federal, international, and state laws that will apply to your adoption case. If you are thinking about adopting in the Colleyville area, a lawyer can be imperative throughout this challenging process. Contact an adoption attorney at Alexander & Associates today by calling 817-756-4040.

In the division of debt, how can a lawyer help?

In a process similar to the division of assets, couples who are pursuing a divorce will need to agree to a comprehensive plan to divide their debt. Although sometimes couples can amicably decide on issues surround division of debt, this process can also be highly contentious, particularly for its potential impact upon the financial well-being of each partner following the divorce. In either scenario, whether amicable or not, an experienced family lawyer can help you understand your legal options, protect your own interests and better prepare your position should you pursue mediation, arbitration, or litigation to resolve the matter.

The family lawyers at Alexander & Associates understand how delicate the process of debt division can be during a divorce; we can provide you with discrete, determined legal representation throughout this and other processes. To discuss the particulars of your circumstances with one of our lawyers, please call 817-756-4040 today.