If you are going through a family issue that requires legal assistance, this can be a confusing time. Regardless of the nature of your situation, we understand that it can be complex and sensitive. This may be true even before you get into the legal implications of your case.
Perhaps you are considering a prenuptial agreement. Or it could be that your marriage is ending. In the year 2019, the state of Texas had the 16th highest divorce rate in the US. You do not have to face this alone. We’ve helped other people through their divorces, and we can help you, too.
Contact the Seguin family law and divorce attorneys of Higdon, Hardy & Zuflacht, L.L.P. today at (210) 349-9933 to speak with one of our family law attorneys. Let us help you understand your options so you can make the best decisions for your future.
Why Choose Higdon, Hardy & Zuflacht, L.L.P.?
We are here to serve the community of Seguin and the surrounding areas. Our compassionate attorneys have more than 30 years of combined experience in family law. Each of our partners is Board Certified in Family Law. This is a distinction that is achieved by fewer than one percent of Texas attorneys.
Choosing a family law attorney to support you is an important decision. You will be discussing personal matters that may be emotional and sensitive in nature. You want to be able to know in advance the type of experience you will have when you choose a lawyer. For this reason, we proudly share the testimonials of our prior satisfied clients.
We understand that you may have many concerns at this time. We have provided responses to many of the most common questions we receive. We will gladly answer any other questions you may have during an initial consultation.
Practice Areas We Handle
Higdon, Hardy & Zuflacht, L.L.P. is prepared to help you with many types of family law cases, including:
- Divorce – A marriage can end for a variety of reasons. In the state of Texas, there are seven statutory grounds for divorce. The most common of these is “no-fault,” which is often cited with irreconcilable differences as the reason. Other grounds for divorce include adultery, cruelty, abandonment for one year or longer, and separation.
- Child Custody and Support – This can be a complex area with lasting implications for your relationship with your child. It may involve physical custody, legal custody, joint custody, or sole custody. Situations involving children are rarely simple or easy to navigate. We can help you minimize discomfort for your child in the process.
- Spousal Support – This is sometimes also referred to as alimony. Spousal support may be awarded for one of several reasons, including domestic violence against a spouse or child. If there is no history of domestic violence, the court will begin by assuming that spousal support is not needed. This means you must prove your case based on specific reasons. These may include being unable to support yourself financially due to a mental or physical disability, having custody of a child from the marriage who needs special care as a result of a disability, or being unable to support yourself after the end of a marriage that lasted at least ten years.
- Adoption – There are multiple different types of adoption situations that each have their own legal requirements. These cases include infant adoption, stepchild adoption, open adoption, closed adoption, international adoption, and independent adoption. It’s critical that each step of the process is completed correctly and submitted on time to make sure your rights and those of your child are protected.
- Modifications – Life circumstances can often change in the years following a divorce. This could be due to changes in income, career, geographic location, or time schedules. It could also be due to a change in your child’s needs, such as new medical needs. These changes, in turn, may affect visitation, child custody, child support, or spousal support. In such situations, you may have a case for modifying a divorce decree accordingly.
- Pre- and Postnuptial Agreements – These refer to agreements entered into before or after a couple makes their wedding vows. While a prenuptial agreement (also called a “prenup”) can sometimes have a negative connotation, it may be one of the best things you do for your new relationship. It can help to significantly clarify and simplify the future division of assets while reducing potential disagreements later on.
- Military Divorce – In divorces where one or both spouses are in the military, there are additional requirements and considerations. These include elements like military benefits and child custody. It’s important to work with an experienced attorney who understands the details of military divorce.
- Property Division – Texas is a community property state. This means that any property acquired by either spouse during the marriage is considered shared property. When the marriage ends, all shared property must be divided. Assets that a spouse owned before the marriage are considered separate property and will not be split. Proving that an asset is separate property can be difficult without an attorney.
- Alternative Dispute Resolution – When a marriage ends, this refers to reaching a resolution through means other than traditional divorce. Alternative dispute resolution is typically more flexible, less costly, and less time-consuming as compared to traditional divorce.
- Private Judging – This is a relatively new concept in Texas. Benefits can include keeping details of divorce situations private and reaching resolution more quickly. Make sure you work with an attorney who has previous experience in private judging.
- Mediation – This is a specific type of alternative dispute resolution which involves a mediator who helps the divorcing couple reach a settlement agreement. It can often result in a more amicable situation than going to trial.
- Arbitration – This resolution process involves an arbitrator who listens to both divorcing partners and then makes decisions about the contested matters. Arbitration can be more cost-effective than going to court and can help preserve your privacy.
- Med-Arb (Mediation-Arbitration) – This is a combination of mediation and arbitration. Generally, mediation is the first attempt to reach resolution. Arbitration can then be used for any issues that have not yet been resolved.
No matter what situation you are in, our goal is to help you reach a resolution while keeping your best interests in mind.
Contact Higdon, Hardy & Zuflacht, L.L.P. Now
If you need help with a family law matter in South Texas, we can help. Our attorneys are here to support you during this emotional time. Call us today at (210) 349-9933 to speak with a member of the Higdon, Hardy & Zuflacht, L.L.P. legal team about your situation. You can also submit our contact form for a confidential consultation.