SAN ANTONIO DIVORCE LAWYERS

Since 1983, Wilson Brown, PLLC, has represented a variety of clients facing divorce in San Antonio, Texas. Our divorce attorneys understand the family and financial ramifications of Texas divorce and work hard to protect your rights and ensure a fair division of property and assets.

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SAN ANTONIO DIVORCE LAWYERS

Since 1983, Wilson Brown, PLLC, has represented a variety of  clients facing divorce in San Antonio, Texas. We understand the complicated nature of family law issues and work hard to protect your rights during stressful divorce proceedings while ensuring you receive the desired legal outcomes for your case.

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ATTORNEY

No two divorces are alike. Relationships have unique dynamics. Marital assets and property vary. Children may or may not be involved. So no two divorce cases should be treated alike. At Wilson Brown, PLLC, we offer clients a wide range of marriage dissolution services tailored to meet each family’s unique needs.

In each client meeting, our San Antonio divorce attorneys get to know the unique needs and goals of each divorcing couple. Individuals looking for low-conflict divorce services benefit from collaborative law. On the other hand, hotly contested divorces may require litigation to reach a resolution. Our client-focused family law firm addresses the specific needs of each client’s family law matters. Call 210-681-6353 for a consultation.

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ATTORNEYS

Divorce and family law.

No two divorces are alike. Relationships have unique dynamics. Marital assets and property vary. Children may or may not be involved. So no two divorce cases should be treated alike. At Wilson Brown, PLLC, we offer clients a wide range of marriage dissolution services tailored to meet each family’s unique needs.

In each client meeting, our San Antonio divorce attorneys get to know the unique needs and goals of each divorcing couple. Individuals looking for low-conflict divorce services benefit from collaborative law. On the other hand, hotly contested divorces may require litigation to reach a resolution. Our client-focused family law firm addresses the specific needs of each client’s family law matters. Call 210-681-6353 for a consultation.

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FINANCIAL ASSETS

Texas is a community property state. Any property acquired during a marriage is considered community property — or property that is jointly owned by spouses. Any property acquired before marriage is regarded as separate property.

Property division is one of the most complicated matters and calls for an experienced divorce attorney. If you seek legal advice and representation so that you don’t face a devastating financial future following your divorce, contact our premier San Antonio divorce lawyer. We will look after your best interests so that you can be sure that the emotions surrounding your divorce won’t cloud your decision-making skills.

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DIVIDING

FINANCIAL ASSETS

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Texas is a community property state. Any property acquired during a marriage is considered community property — or property that is jointly owned by spouses. Any property acquired before marriage is regarded as separate property.

Property division is one of the most complicated matters and calls for a top divorce attorney. If you seek legal advice and representation so that you don’t face a devastating financial future following your divorce, contact the San Antonio attorneys at Wilson Brown Law. We will look after your best interests so that you can be sure the emotions surrounding the divorce process won’t cloud your decision-making skills.

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CHILD CUSTODY &

SUPPORT

As divorce lawyers in San Antonio TX, we have seen how divorce and family law cases can give rise to child support and custody hearings. Regardless of the reason for the family law case, child custody issues are never easy.

You need legal representation that understands your family law matter and truly has your best interests at heart. But how can you be sure that the legal assistance you choose is right for you?

Wilson Brown Law is a San Antonio child custody and child support law firm with more than 35 years of experience representing families in court. We offer a free consultation so you can discuss your case with an experienced family law attorney and find out how we can help you get the best possible legal outcome.

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CUSTODY

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As divorce lawyers in San Antonio TX, we have seen how divorce and family law cases can give rise to child support and custody hearings. Regardless of the reason for the family law case, child custody issues are never easy.

You need legal representation that understands your family law matter and truly has your best interests at heart. But how can you be sure that the legal assistance you choose is right for you?

Wilson Brown Law is a custody and child support law firm in San Antonio with more than 35 years of experience representing families in court. We offer a free consultation so you can discuss your case with an experienced family law attorney and find out how we can help you get the best possible legal outcome.

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DIVORCE

At Wilson Brown, PLLC, we know what clients are going through during a divorce in San Antonio TX. With emotions high and much at stake, our clients benefit from our common-sense legal practice that places their needs first. We keep clients informed through frequent communication and seek optimal results in every divorce case.

We are proud to represent clients needing assistance in all aspects of family law, marriage dissolution, including military divorce, contested divorce, uncontested divorce, spousal support, and child custody. We are proud of the reputation we have earned – check out the results of our client satisfaction survey and reviews.

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BEGIN YOUR

DIVORCE

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At Wilson Brown, PLLC, we know what clients are going through during a divorce. With emotions high and much at stake, our clients benefit from our common-sense legal practice that places their needs first. We keep clients informed through frequent communication and seek optimal results in every divorce case.

We are proud to represent clients needing assistance in all aspects of marriage dissolution, including military divorce, contested divorce, and uncontested divorce. We are proud of the reputation we have earned – check out the results of our client satisfaction survey and reviews.

Frequently Asked

Questions (FAQs)

FREQUENTLY ASKED

QUESTIONS (FAQs)

How do I start the divorce process in Texas?

In Texas, the divorce process is five different lawsuits in one. Because it is best for the Final Decree of Divorce to resolve current and possibly future matters, it is best to receive the help of an experienced San Antonio attorney when filing the Petition. 

A Final Decree of Divorce states the names of the people getting divorced, jurisdictional claims, the grounds for divorce, property division issues, and the relief sought. Of course, children’s matters are also addressed.

To file for a divorce in Texas, one of the parties has to have lived in Texas for the past six months. Additionally, one of the parties has to live the last 90 days in the county where the divorce is filed.

Can a divorcing couple hire a single attorney?

A lawyer can only represent one spouse in a divorce case. However, the law does not require that each spouse have a lawyer in a divorce. If one party has an attorney, the other may represent themselves and have the final documents reviewed by an independent lawyer. 

Do I have to hire a divorce attorney? 

No, the law does not require someone to hire a divorce attorney. In Texas, a spouse can represent themselves in a divorce. However, no one is looking after your best interests if you represent yourself. This is important if there are marital assets or children. 

Does Texas law provide for maintenance or alimony?

Alimony and spousal maintenance laws in Texas are complicated. Generally, the marriage must have lasted for more than ten years to qualify. If rewarded, the maintenance often only lasts for up to 36 months. 

To be awarded maintenance, a person must be unable to provide for their minimum “reasonable needs” either through a job or through the assets awarded to that spouse in the divorce. 

How are debts divided during a divorce?

Debts are handled on a case-by-case basis. However, typically, a mortgage will be transferred to the spouse who gets ownership of the property, and a car loan will go to the spouse who keeps the car. Credit card debt is sometimes tricky to divide – especially when the couple has more debts than assets.

How is property typically divided during a divorce?

All property owned by a couple is characterized as either “community” or “separate” property in Texas.  The judge determines how to divide the community property, which may be a 50/50 division of the asset. Separate property (perhaps inherited property) is kept by the person who owns it. 

How much does the divorce process cost in Texas?

The cost of a divorce depends on a variety of factors. 

Gathering information about the couple’s finances can take time and incur substantial legal fees. So, the more data you can provide to your attorney regarding your assets and debts, the more money you will save.

Additionally, the personalities of the people involved in the divorce can also determine how much it will cost. For example, San Antonio couples who agree quickly during the negotiation process will save on legal fees. 

What are the requirements for filing for divorce in Texas?

One of the involved parties must have lived in Texas for at least six months. Additionally, one of the parties must have lived in the specific county in Texas 90 days before starting the action. 

What if my spouse refuses to agree to the divorce?

There are only two ways to get divorced in Texas. The first way is with an agreement that both spouses sign. However, if a spouse refuses to sign the papers, a trial will be necessary.

What are the grounds for assigning fault for a divorce in Texas?

A “fault” divorce occurs when one party blames the other for the failure of the marriage. In Texas, the grounds for divorce include confinement for incurable insanity for three years, adultery, or abandonment. Fault can also be assigned for an individual with a felony conviction and imprisonment for over one year or cruel and inhuman treatment. 

What is a no-fault divorce in Texas?

In a no-fault divorce, both parties agree that no “fault” is assigned in the dissolution of the marriage. In Texas, married couples can get no-fault divorces if the marriage has become “insupportable” or if the married couple has been living apart for at least three years.

Why does “fault” matter since Texas is a “community property” state?

Yes, “fault” can matter in a divorce. If a spouse is at fault for the end of the marriage, that spouse can receive less of the assets when they are divided.

What is a “legal divorce?”

A divorce is a legal process of ending a marriage between two individuals. A legal divorce will give each party the right to marry someone else, divide and share marital assets and debts, and determine matters related to the care and custody of their children. 

What is an “agreed divorce?”

If a couple agrees on every aspect of the settlement, including property division and a visitation schedule, they might be eligible for an “agreed divorce.” 

An “agreed divorce” means that once the parties have settled things on their own, they will hire an attorney to draft the decree. The decree is then signed by both parties and presented to the court.

How long does it take to get a divorce in Texas?

In San Antonio, there is a 60-day waiting period from the date the divorce is filed until a court can grant the divorce. However, if disagreements or complex financial matters complicate the divorce, it will take longer.

Is it ok to start dating while my divorce is pending?

A family law attorney will tell you that dating while a divorce is pending is a bad idea. This may cause your spouse to be more challenging to deal with than otherwise. It also may be difficult for the children.

What is the difference between “maintenance” and “alimony” in Texas?

In Texas, the act of one spouse providing funds to the other spouse following a divorce is referred to as “maintenance.” Maintenance is not often awarded; however, the court will consider various factors when determining if it is appropriate and necessary.

If I file for divorce in Texas, will I have to go to court?

Most divorces are resolved without needing a trial. However, even if both parties agree to the terms, at least one spouse must testify for about five minutes to answer basic questions before the divorce is finalized.

Can the court require my spouse to pay for the attorney fees?

Typically, each person will pay their own attorney. However, the court may sometimes allow one party to use the community property to pay these fees. 

The court may also equalize the fees between attorneys on both sides so that your spouse can draw out community funds to pay their attorney.

Does it matter who files for divorce?

If the court is necessary, the party who files the divorce papers presents their case first. However, it doesn’t matter who files the documents with the county clerk in most cases.

How long will it take to get my divorce finalized?

There are too many factors to consider to give a definitive answer to this question. The simple answer is this: Texas requires a 60-day waiting period from when the papers are filed before a divorce can be finalized. However, complicated matters and disagreements will prolong the process.  

Will I have to pay alimony? Do Texas courts award alimony?

Long-term alimony is very unusual in Texas.

However, temporary or permanent spousal support will be decided on a case-by-case basis. The court will consider several factors, including the length of the marriage, both spouses’ jobs or job skills, health concerns, and other considerations. 

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At Wilson Brown, we understand the importance of a trusted attorney-client relationship. If you’re looking for a law office in the San Antonio area, contact our legal team today for a free case evaluation: 210-681-6353.

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