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Important Qualities to Look For in an Austin Divorce Lawyer

As anyone knows, divorce is hard enough. What makes it even harder, however, is when you don’t have proper representation to help you get what you deserve in your divorce. Many people struggle through the process blindly, or they trust the advice of the wrong person or use an inexperienced divorce lawyer. Because the decisions in a divorce case impact your entire life, this is one area where you want to get things right. Hiring the right divorce lawyer is something you should not overlook.

Do you know what to look for in a good Austin divorce lawyer? It’s more than a kind smile (although that certainly doesn’t hurt!). Your divorce lawyer needs proper experience, skills, references, and more. Your divorce lawyer should be available to you and should make you feel comfortable. Read on for the complete list of the seven most crucial things to look for in an Austin divorce lawyer.
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How The Civil Litigation Process Works in Texas

Do you know how the civil litigation process works in Texas? If you’re planning to seek monetary damages, or if you are being sued yourself, understanding the litigation process will make the difference between your success or failure.

With three distinct phases -- pre-trial, trial, and post-trial -- there are a lot of steps and actions you’ll need to take. And missing any crucial step in any of these phases could ruin your case. Make sure you know how to properly research for your case, how to file the right documents, how to give legal notice to the right people, how to gather the right documentation from the other party, and more.

Do you know what to do if you go to trial, and do you know how to settle? Should you represent yourself or hire a civil litigation lawyer? If you want to end the case before trial, do you know how to do that? Do you know the proper steps to take to ensure you follow the rulings of a trial? Read on to find these answers, and more.
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Finding The Best Austin Divorce Lawyer

You can trust a random person’s opinion when it comes to simple decisions such as cool places to visit or where to get the best burger in town. However, when you’re hiring a divorce lawyer, you need more than a random person’s opinion. While someone can provide some valuable insight into a divorce lawyer, you need to do the legwork of researching, interviewing, and trusting your own feelings. A divorce is lasting. The decisions made will affect you personally, financially, and emotionally the rest of your life. And your family will not be the same. There is a best outcome for your situation, and the right divorce lawyer can help you get that.

Take the time to research divorce lawyers in your area and interview them. Look for a divorce lawyer who is experienced in family law, has trial experience, isn’t afraid to fight for you, and treats you with respect. And yes -- reviews are important too. Find out everything you need to know before you choose a divorce lawyer.
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The Key Elements Any Successful Prenup Agreement Should Include

A prenuptial agreement isn’t the most romantic document you’ll ever sign, but depending on your situation, it could be a good idea to prepare a prenuptial agreement before you say “I do.” But before you prepare the document, you need to know the most important elements of a prenuptial agreement in Texas.

A prenuptial agreement must be deemed fair to be enforced. But what constitutes fairness? What factors should you consider in the level of fairness?

Learn the reasons why your situation might call for a prenuptial agreement and what the agreement can cover in the state of Texas. For example, can child custody, child support, and alimony be a part of your prenuptial agreement? In addition, learn the elements of timing that must be in place for your document to be considered legal. Learn the important financial statements you need to disclose. And find out if you should obtain independent counsel.
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How Alimony (Spousal Support) Works in Texas

Spousal support in Texas is actually called spousal maintenance, and it exists to provide a lower earning spouse with the time needed to build and develop the skills and/or education needed to be self sufficient after a divorce. In Texas, this means the duration and amount is limited, and a spouse must meet certain factors to receive spousal support.

The courts use several factors in determining the amount and duration of spousal support, including the financial resources of both spouses, their level of education, contribution as a homemaker, the health of the spouse seeking support, and more.

Understanding the rules of spousal support will help you to best advocate for yourself in your divorce — whether you’re the spouse seeking support or you’re the spouse who will be responsible for providing support. Read on to learn the ins and outs of how long spousal maintenance lasts (it depends on the length of the marriage and disabilities), how much is paid, and the three forms of alimony (temporary spousal support, contractual alimony, and spousal maintenance) in the state of Texas.
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Austin Divorce Insight: Understanding The Difference Between Mediation, Arbitration, and Litigation

What is litigation? What is arbitration? What is mediation? Do you really need to know the differences between each one? If you’re heading into a divorce, the answer is yes. Remember that divorce does not play out in real life the same way it does on television. Few cases go to court while most are resolved in other ways.

It is possible to save time, money, and exhausted emotions by avoiding litigation. In mediation and arbitration, you spend less money and you get the opportunity to approve decisions before they become final. Both of these positives are worth an attempt at mediation and/or arbitration.

Brush up on your knowledge of the differences between litigation, arbitration, and mediation so you can follow the most economical and the least complicated process for your specific situation. Divorce is difficult, but when you know your options, it can be more manageable. And you can use a divorce lawyer to help you make the best decisions in arbitration and mediation, as well as litigation.
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Tips For Divorcing a Narcissist

If you’re married to a narcissist and are in the process of beginning a divorce, you know you’re in for a difficult time. A narcissist is an expert manipulator — not only of you, but of the courts as well. You will have to stay on your toes to keep ahead of your spouse’s difficult tactics. Remember a narcissist is in it to win it. He or she is there to play games and control the direction of the proceedings. Most important to understand, a narcissist doesn’t value emotions the same way you do.

Keep ahead of the game by taking your emotions out of the process. You may need to see a therapist during the divorce proceedings to help you on this journey. Try to stay one step ahead by predicting how your spouse could twist a situation. Keep meticulous records, and hire a family law attorney who understands the situation. Read on for more helpful tips and advice on divorcing a narcissist.
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How to Find The Best Austin Divorce Lawyer

Difficulties are to be expected in a divorce. Unfortunately, that’s just part of the process of dissolving a marriage and dividing assets while making decisions about child custody. But these difficulties don’t have to be handled alone, and you certainly don’t need to add unnecessary challenges to the divorce process. When you choose a divorce lawyer in Austin who is experienced, knowledgeable, and able to take on tough issues, you’ll have an advocate to help you get the best possible outcome in your divorce.

When looking for a divorce lawyer, choose one who has experience in family law. Make sure you take the time to check reviews for your divorce attorney. Don’t rush. Take the time to do a little research. You have your emotions and new life to deal with. Make the right decision on your divorce lawyer now so you can give away some of your worry while your divorce lawyer fights for you.
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Child Custody FAQs - Austin, TX

Divorce is a difficult process to go through, especially when children are involved. Some people going through a divorce are surprised to learn they can’t get the results they expect when it comes to child custody. To be the best advocate for yourself and your child, it’s important to be informed about child custody before you start the process.

This article about child custody helps answer frequently asked questions such as these. Is only one parent awarded custody? Are mothers more likely to be awarded custody than fathers? Can you resolve your child custody dispute in mediation? What rights does the father have if the parents aren’t married? Should you move out during a divorce if you’re hoping to get custody rights? Can we change the agreements of child support on our own? Can the courts consider the race of the parents in a child custody dispute? What rights do grandparents have?

To get the answers to the above child custody questions and more, read this helpful article.
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