What You Need to Know about Legal Separation in Texas
Legal Separation in Texas
If you are considering divorce or legal separation in North Texas, it is wise to seek legal counsel from a reputable attorney. Legal separation in the state of Texas is very different than that in other states, so it’s likely you’ll need an attorney to help you understand your options and determine the best course of action.
What is Legal Separation?
Legal separation is similar to a divorce in that all property, owned or acquired during the marriage, is divided between the separating parties. Matters such as custody and spousal support are dealt with during this process as well. It is important to remember that neither party is eligible to remarry following a legal separation. Couples generally choose legal separation if their religion does not allow divorce or one spouse is dependent on the other’s medical insurance.
Legal Separation Agreements in Texas
If you are seeking legal separation in Texas, it is important for you understand that Texas does not recognize legal separation. Even though the state does not recognize legal separation, there are some options you and your spouse have, should you choose to live separately but decide to forgo a divorce.
A divorce in the state of Texas calls for two legal cases to be settled simultaneously. These cases are: a Suit Affecting the Parent-Child Relationship (i.e., SAPCR) and a community property division. If you and your spouse choose to go through with only one of the two, you will still be considered married under Texas law.
Texas does, however, allow couples who wish to separate to prepare a separation agreement or property partition. While these documents will not be signed by a judge’s legally binding signature, they can still be considered enforceable contracts. If you and your spouse are looking to separate but do not wish to divorce, your lawyer will help you explore your options and guide you through the legal process.
Contact Our Law Firm for Assistance with Legal Separation in Texas
At Burrows Law Group, our attorneys have the comprehensive experience and understanding of divorce and legal separation in Texas needed to handle your case. Our board-certified family law specialist would be more than happy to meet with you and discuss your case and options.* Contact us today and allow us to put our far-reaching experience to work for you. Our phone number is 972-703-4004, so give us a call at your earliest convenience. You can also contact us here.
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