Preparing for a Contested Texas Divorce

Preparing for a Contested Texas Divorce

By Frank Vendt |

Divorce is never easy and a contested divorce is more difficult. A contested divorce means that you and your spouse cannot agree on how to resolve important issues such as division of marital assets and custody arrangements. If you are anticipating a contested divorce, it’s important to carefully consider your case and your options and to organize your documentation beforehand. If you are facing a contested Texas divorce, you also need experienced legal counsel.

Property, Accounts, and Debts

Before you can effectively divide your marital property, you need to know what you have. Make a list of all the real property that you own together, including your home and any other residences, buildings, and land. Also, list any businesses you own. Make sure to identify those properties that you owned prior to the marriage. Additionally, list all your joint and individual accounts and debts, the balance and name on each.

Itemize Things of Value

Create an itemized list of everything of value that you both own, such as vehicles, boats and RVs, electronics, art, jewelry, furniture, tools, and appliances.


List your retirement accounts, including their balances, maturation dates, and any other distinguishing factors.

Your Children

If you have children, they are your top priority. If you are seeking full custody, it’s important that you carefully document your reasoning and support it with concise examples. If abuse or neglect is a factor, compile all the documentation in support of the claim. Alternatively, if you and your spouse plan on sharing custody, prepare a timeline that outlines your plan.

Divorce is difficult, but there are things that you can do to keep yourself organized and to prepare yourself for the rocky path ahead. By compiling your custody, property, and financial documents, you allow your divorce attorney to focus on the important tasks of moving your contested divorce forward while protecting your rights.

Contact an Experienced Richmond, Texas, Divorce Lawyer

If you are facing a contested Texas divorce, you need a skilled family law attorney. Your divorce lawyer will guide your case towards its most favorable conclusion. To discuss your case with an experienced Texas divorce attorney, contact The Vendt Law Firm, P.L.L.C. today. Attorney Frank J. Vendt is committed to protecting your rights and to resolving your divorce as favorably as possible. To schedule a consultation with Mr. Vendt, call our office today at (832) 276-9474 or send us an email through our online contact form.