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Protecting The Rights Of Clients In Dissolution Of Marriage Suits

Going through divorce in Texas can be a complex and emotionally charged process. The primary purposes of a suit for the dissolution of marriage are to change marital status, divide community property and to address any child custody and support matters associated with affecting the parent-child relationship. At the Law Office of William B. Doonan, we have substantial experience protecting the rights of our clients in divorce proceedings. Our founding lawyer is board-certified in family law.* As an experienced trial lawyer, he is devoted to obtaining the best possible results for each client. Along with this, our experience gives us the ability to determine the approximate length of time a divorce will take and the costs related to the divorce. We will work closely with you to achieve a solution for you that balances the emotional, financial, and psychological factors of divorce.

Understanding Grounds For Divorce In Texas

A judgment of divorce in Texas is only available through the grounds for divorce enumerated in the Texas Family Code. Most dissolutions of marriage are based on insupportability of the marriage, which is commonly referred to as a “no-fault” divorce. Whether a no-fault divorce is uncontested or contested, section 6.001 of the Texas Family Code lists the three elements that must be proven for the court to render judgment, including:

  • The marriage has become insupportable because of discord or conflict;
  • The discord or conflict destroys the legitimate ends of the marriage; and
  • There is no reasonable expectation of reconciliation

In addition to proving the existence of an irretrievable breakdown in the marriage, it is critical to develop a strong strategy for dividing property, addressing potential spousal maintenance disputes and addressing matters involving any minor children.

Texas law also provides statutory grounds for “fault-based” divorces. Evidence of cruelty (including abuse), as well as adultery, the felony conviction of a spouse or abandonment, may support a fault-based divorce. In some circumstances, the conduct of the offending spouse in a fault-based divorce may be considered in other aspects of the proceeding, such as dividing community property or addressing child custody, access or visitation issues.

At the Law Office of William B. Doonan, we do not force a standard solution on any family law problem. We work hard to get to know our clients as well as their goals. We explain the legal options that may be available and communicate these options with our clients in order to provide tailored representation aimed at the best possible results.

Learn How The Law Office of William B. Doonan Can Help You

Our attorney is an experienced trial lawyer who takes the time to work directly with clients every step of the way. To learn how we can fight to obtain the best possible outcome for you, please arrange a consultation.  In the Keller/Ft Worth area, call 817-898-7242. In the Midland area, call 432-570-9949. You may also send us a message online.

*Attorney William B. Doonan is board-certified in family law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization.