DIVORCE SUPPORT YOU CAN TRUST
Divorce impacts thousands of Texas men, women, and children each year. It can create an unstable future for everyone involved. But the sooner you get through it, the better off you’ll be.
At Davis, Ermis & Roberts, PC, we do our best to ease the process and transition you onto a path of restoration. Our mission is to ensure you fully understand what to expect from the road ahead. We can offer support through the likeliest obstacles, such as:
What Will Happen With Your Children
Here’s a common misconception: courts “favor” women when it comes to child custody, but much of that evidence is anecdotal. The reality is the court acts in the best interests of the child whether that means Mom has custody and Dad pays the child support or vice versa.
Courts definitely want viable parents to share in the raising of the child, even if the child lives with the custodial parent for the majority of the time. Your challenge — and this carries over from the pre-planning — is to decide first whether you want full or majority custody and second how you are best-equipped to provide for their emotional and financial needs. At Davis, Ermis & Roberts, PC, we will guide you through the process.
What Will Become of Your Property
Who gets to keep the house? The cars? The family heirlooms? Couples often fight over the property when getting a divorce because there often is sentimental as well as monetary value attached to each item.
In particularly bitter divorces, it’s not uncommon to see one spouse “act out” and ask for an heirloom they care nothing about only because it means so much to their soon-to-be ex.
As you plan your strategy, make a list of the items that are “must-haves” and those you could easily live without. Doing so will keep you more focused on the businesslike demeanor every divorce needs to be successful. We’ll help you make your case!
Addressing Money and Retirement
Money is one of the biggest issues people in a marriage fight about, so it should come as no surprise to learn it factors in heavily to the proceedings when a marriage breaks up. If it was as easy as splitting up liquid assets, a court could do this for you no questions asked. But marriages are usually filled with complications like 401k plans, IRAs, stocks, mutual funds, bonds, home equity, credit card debts, child support, alimony, and more.
Dividing these assets can have serious tax implications that prove to be a burden on both parties. And if one spouse is going to be worse off due to their work experience and marketability, it can really get messy. Our goal is to ensure you get an equitable outcome.
What Happens When You Want to Leave Behind Your Old Life
This is a major issue when you have children. In a divorce between two normal people, both parents will want to stay as involved as they can. That means relocating to “start over” in a fresh place with a fresh cast of characters, so to speak, can prove impossible.
Suddenly, your most precious relationship — the one you have with your kid — becomes a millstone that makes it hard to leave a place that may be causing you great pain. It’s a tough situation to be in, and no one wants to feel that way. But it’s also something to consider before deciding to file for divorce.
If you are in this situation, we’re here to help. We have years of experience working out living arrangements in which children factor.
Acing the Settlement
To make it all work, you need an experienced attorney who can guide you through each of these difficult issues in a way that minimizes conflict and helps you deal with the unavoidable factors. Davis, Ermis & Roberts, P.C., has many years of experience helping people like you do just that! Contact us today to learn how we can help you survive and thrive during and after your divorce.
If you have any additional questions or want to set up a consultation with one of our Arlington & Grand Prairie divorce attorneys, call us at 817-265-8832 or send us a message.