The family lawyers of Higdon, Hardy & Zuflacht, L.L.P. have dedicated our professional lives to helping individuals in San Antonio with legal issues involving family members, from divorce to disputes and everything in between. Every partner at our firm is Board Certified in Family Law, a unique distinction that confirms our dedication to excellent legal representation.
Our unmatched experience can work for you and your family regardless of your specific situation. We handle a broad range of family law issues, from military divorces and child custody cases to child support disputes and alternative dispute resolutions. The challenging times you are going through have been trying enough—hire an attorney who can make life easier for you and has your best interests in mind. Contact our San Antonio divorce lawyers at (210) 349-9933 to see how having an ethical and competent team on your side can lead to great results.
Family Law matters are not easy. We are 100% committed to finding the best, least emotionally stressful, and cost efficient solution for our clients.
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Family is the number one priority for most San Antonio residents, and the attorneys at Higdon, Hardy & Zuflacht, L.L.P. respect how important family law issues are for you and your loved ones. Whether you need a lawyer to take on your fight for custody, secure assets within a divorce, or help you with an adoption, you have come to the right place. Our attorneys value family just as much as you do, and we are prepared to support you with quality representation and personal attention. Browse our site to learn more about the cases we take on, or contact us by calling (210) 349-9933 for your initial consultation. Allow us to guide you through your legal journey with as much ease and empathy possible.
If you are considering filing for a divorce in Texas, it is important to retain an attorney to help you through the process. The next best thing you can do once you’ve hired a good divorce attorney is to learn about Texas divorce laws. Here is some of what you need to understand about divorce in Texas.
We understand that divorce can be one of the most difficult experiences you may ever face. That’s why we are committed to providing compassionate, experienced representation for each and every client we have. We’ll help you find the resolution you need so that you can move on with your life.
Our San Antonio child custody attorneys understand the stress parents face during a custody dispute. We are ready to represent your interests throughout the process and we will take the necessary steps to help you keep your children by your side, where they belong. You do not have to fight this fight alone. Read More
The spousal support attorneys of Higdon, Hardy & Zuflacht, L.L.P. are prepared to help you fight for the support that you are rightfully owed from your spouse. We have your best interests in mind at all times and will make sure that you receive what you are legally entitled to by law. Contact us today to discuss your situation. Read More
The adoption process can often be confusing. Our experienced adoption attorneys can help explain the process, walk you through the timeline of adopting, help with paperwork, and assist you with navigating the court process. Reach out to us today for help with bringing a new addition home to your family. Read More
If you are seeking a modification to an existing divorce order, look no further than the experienced attorneys of Higdon, Hardy & Zuflacht, L.L.P.. We will help make sure that your rights and obligations align with your current life circumstances, and that the agreement matches what you should rightfully be entitled to. Read More
A domestic partnership agreement can protect a couple’s property and help with specific rights regarding adoption and disputes. Contact us today to learn more about how a domestic partnership agreement can help you and your partner protect yourselves and your union.
It is often wise for couples to reach an agreement regarding financial assets and debts, whether that agreement is made before they share their vows, or after. At Higdon, Hardy & Zuflacht, L.L.P., we have helped many couples create fair agreements that ensure they are protected in the event of unforeseen circumstances. Read More
Issues between individuals or multiple entities can often be resolved without having to go to court. In many cases, alternative dispute resolution can save time and expensive court costs. By hiring an attorney that has experience with ADR, you know your interests are a priority. Read More
No one wants to part with property they have worked to acquire over time, but with aggressive representation on your side, you may be able to retain what is most important to you. With the right attorney fighting for you, you could hang on to what rightfully belongs to you. Read More
The divorce rate in Texas is actually lower than the national average. It has fallen steadily since 1981, with the exception of a spike in divorces in the early 1990’s. If you are going through a divorce, it probably does not help to know that the rate of divorce is falling. However, there are still huge numbers of people getting divorced. We wanted to share these statistics to help you realize that you are not alone in this process. In fact, you are in good company, even if divorce feels like an alienating process. According to the Texas Department of State Health Services, the numbers for 2013 were as follows:
When it comes down to it, marriages dissolve for a number of valid reasons. A knowledgeable San Antonio divorce attorney from Higdon, Hardy & Zuflacht, L.L.P. can give you the individualized attention you need to get your affairs in order. We will give you personal attention because we realize you are more than a statistic.
When people think of divorce, they often have an image of a courtroom with angry people on both sides engaged in a battle for everything from the kids to the yacht. Thankfully, this illusion is not the actual reality for the majority of divorces, even if the case goes to trial. With that being said, divorces do have a tendency to get heated and out of control. If you and your spouse are willing to avoid that, there are options available to you that could end up being less expensive and emotional. Texas is considered a mixed state, meaning it is possible to file a fault or no fault divorce, depending on your circumstances. In a fault divorce, you must have grounds for terminating the marriage, which tends to make proceedings more hostile. Keep reading to find out more about the types of divorces in Texas.
If you choose to file a fault divorce, you are assigning blame to your partner in order to exit the marriage. The primary reason people choose to file for a fault divorce is to earn a greater share of the property or alimony available in their case. To file for a fault divorce, you must claim one of the following six grounds for ending your marriage:
Many of these factors will also influence the amount of alimony and property the spouse filing for divorce will receive. For example, the court can refuse to grant a spouse alimony if they committed adultery during the marriage.
In Texas, it is possible to file for a no fault divorce. Doing so indicates that your divorce does not fall under the categories previously mentioned, but results from disagreement or conflict that can no longer be resolved. It is common to hear individuals cite irreconcilable differences when they file for a no fault divorce. If your divorce is no fault and potentially amicable, it is possible to use an alternative dispute resolution approach to your divorce. Our attorneys can help you through mediation or a collaborative divorce, both of which tend to be nicer, more communicative, and less expensive than traditional divorce methods.
In Texas, there are seven basic statutory grounds for divorce, six of which require you to find fault in your spouse if you are the one filing for divorce. Insupportability, the seventh, is a “no-fault” grounds for divorce, which is the most commonly cited grounds in most cases.
In Texas, the seven statutory grounds for divorce are:
You may be asking yourself: If no-fault is the most commonly-cited grounds for divorce, why would anyone choose to cite the other grounds, especially if it places the blame on the other party? Well, some individuals want to place the fault on their spouse because if the court agrees with the grounds, a more significant share of the property may be awarded to the person who is not at fault.
To file for divorce in Texas, either you or your spouse must meet the State of Texas’ residency requirements, as well as the residency requirements of the county in which you file for divorce. There are two components to residency in Texas, which include:
If you are living out of state but want to file for a Texas divorce, the process might be slightly more complicated. Non-Texas residents who wish to file for divorce may do so by mail, but they need to check to see if the county in which they plan to file accepts divorce paperwork by mail. Certain counties require individuals to file the paperwork in person, so you may be forced to travel to the county to file your divorce papers. Texas also requires the filing party to be present at a hearing in court, so you should plan to return to the county for that as well. Because of these requirements, most people choose to file in the state and county in which they currently reside.
If you have been living in the county for at least 90 days, you can file a divorce petition with the District Court clerk’s office in the county. For your convenience, we have included a link to the District Courts in Texas – maps.txcourts.gov.
The person who petitions for divorce is referred to as the “petitioner,” and the spouse who did not file is referred to as the “respondent” in Texas. The respondent typically has 21 days from the date that they are served with the paperwork, or else the case will go into “default.” If a case is considered to be in “default” the proceedings may move on without the respondent. If you have been served with divorce papers, it is critical that you consult with an experienced divorce attorney to protect yourself and your property and ensure that your case does not end up in default. Your San Antonio divorce attorney will advise you and will help you respond to the petition and will represent you in your case.
Every divorce is different, but many of them have some factors in common. When clients walk through our doors, they usually do not have a good idea of how the divorce process works. We have provided the answers to some of the most common questions we receive, and we encourage you to browse our website for more helpful resources regarding divorce and family law.
All of the partners at our firm are Board Certified by the Board of Legal Specialization in Family Law, and all of them have been recommended by their peers for inclusion in the Texas Super Lawyers listing. In addition, attorney Jim Higdon is Board Certified by the Board of Legal Specialization in Appellate Law.
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