Divorce and Family Law in Texas

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Divorce and family law in Texas encompasses legal matters related to marriage, divorce, child custody, alimony, and family disputes. Texas law aims to ensure fair and equitable resolutions in these sensitive cases.


1. What are the grounds for divorce in Texas?

   Texas recognizes both no-fault and fault-based grounds for divorce. No-fault grounds include insupportability due to discord or conflict, while fault-based grounds include adultery, cruelty, and abandonment.

2. How is property divided in a Texas divorce?

   Texas follows community property laws, which mean that most property acquired during the marriage is considered jointly owned and will be divided equitably between spouses.

3. What factors influence child custody decisions?

   The court considers the child’s best interests, including the child’s physical and emotional needs, parental abilities, and the child’s preference if they are old enough.

4. How is child support calculated in Texas?

   Child support is calculated based on the non-custodial parent’s income, the number of children, and other relevant factors. Texas has specific guidelines for these calculations.

5. Can alimony be awarded in a Texas divorce?

   Yes, alimony, or spousal maintenance, can be awarded based on factors such as the length of the marriage, each spouse’s financial resources, and the receiving spouse’s ability to earn an income.

6. How can I modify a custody or support order?

   Modifications can be requested if circumstances significantly change, such as a job loss, relocation, or change in the child’s needs.

7. What is mediation in a divorce case?

   Mediation is when a neutral third party helps the divorcing spouses negotiate and reach agreements on disputed issues. It can be a less adversarial and cost-effective alternative to going to court.