Sugar Land Divorce Lawyer

There is life after divorce. Let us help you start over

Divorce is complicated and, during this emotional time, you’ll need strong legal representation. 

Whether your divorce is contested or not, our attorneys can help you navigate the legal landscape in the State of Texas and help solve any issues that arise along the way.

Common issues and frequently asked questions of Sugar Land divorce lawyers

Here are some of the most frequently asked questions when someone is going through the divorce process in Texas. 

  • Child custody:  People often wonder how time will be divided among themselves and their ex-spouse.  Who will pay more to support the other? Which party will get more time with the kids? What factors influence those decisions? Do the kids have a say in the matter?  These are all questions that The Vendt Law Firm helps clients with on a daily basis.

  • Property division: How will marital assets like a home, vehicles, stocks, bank accounts, and other assets be divided?  What determines who gets what and who makes these decisions? The Vendt Law Firm helps clients in Sugar Land get prepared to work through these challenging questions to come up with the best solution possible for their particular situation.

  • Spousal maintenance: What happens when one spouse doesn’t work or doesn’t bring in as much money as the other?  How much money does that person get from the other spouse? Going with an inexperienced attorney could mean you aren’t getting your fair share. 

How to file for divorce in Texas without a lawyer

Leaving your divorce to chance in Texas

The fast answer is, don’t.

There’s an old saying that a person who represents themselves has a fool for a client.  Don’t roll the dice on your future.

The fact is, only lawyers have the specialized training and experience that it takes to initiate and complete the divorce process successfully.  Going it alone means you will make costly mistakes that could have life-changing consequences. 

Worse yet, if your spouse hires an attorney and you do not, you could be at an extreme disadvantage.  Persons who try to file for divorce using their own research or using a low-cost or inexperienced attorney may succumb to pitfalls they otherwise could have avoided.

In Texas, those seeking divorce must meet certain requirements in order to be eligible for divorce.  For instance, one spouse must have been a legal resident of the state for at least 6 months prior to filing. In addition, this person must have lived in their current county for at least 90 days.


Recognized reasons for divorce in the State of Texas

Texas is one of only a handful of states that recognizes both fault-based and no-fault divorce.  This means a couple can cite the reasoning for divorce in their official petition with the court.

Common grounds for divorce include:

  • Adultery
  • Unreasonable cruelty
  • A felony conviction
  • Living separately for at least 3 years
  • Spousal abandonment for at least 1 year; and/or
  • Indefinite confinement in a mental health facility.

If either party chooses to cite fault in their divorce, they must be prepared to back up their claims with evidence to its legitimacy.


How much does a divorce lawyer in Sugar Land TX cost?

While it is common for attorneys anywhere to have predictable hourly rates, the cost of your particular divorce depends entirely on your unique situation.  In general, the more complicated a case is, the more assets a couple has, the more meticulous a good attorney needs to be in order to produce the best possible outcome. 

There are still many other factors that can draw out the process causing costs to go up.  The best way to find out how much your particular situation will cost to remedy is to schedule a time to talk with a lawyer and have them review the facts of your specific situation. 

At that point, a good attorney should be able to give you an estimate of time and cost to deliver the outcome you want.  Remember that just because you pay an attorney for an initial consultation, does not mean you have to go with that attorney. 

How to choose a divorce lawyer in Texas

  1. Do not look for free advice: Any resource online that is free or an attorney willing to work with you for free or discounted prices may not be the best option. Remember that with divorce lawyers in Texas, you often get what you pay for.

  2. Look for someone with experience: There isn’t a hard and fast rule on this.  Look for lawyers who have been running their practice for several years.  These are the lawyers who have been in business long enough to know how to win.

  3. Go with leading edge attorneys: Case details can multiply quickly and become hard to track.  The best lawyers utilize legal-focused management software to keep track of information so they can swiftly connect dots and win cases.  If an attorney is still using pencil and paper to keep track of your case details, it’s best to look elsewhere.

Resources for individuals going through divorce

Stress as the result of a divorce

Legal representation is often only one service people may need when going through the divorce process.  Often there are numerous other impacts to a person’s life as a result of dissolving a marriage. 

People may experience:

  • Stress
  • Anxiety 
  • Depression
  • Domestic violence: Sugar Land residents who are victims of domestic violence can find help here or on the city’s website
  • Thoughts of suicide
  • Feelings of isolation
  • Economic hardship

There are numerous local resources in Sugar Land that people can take advantage of if they are experiencing any of the above. 

Links to helpful resources in the State of Texas

Frequently Asked Questions

As a dedicated family law firm, there are several questions that we field from clients on a regular basis. We are committed to providing our clients with the comprehensive knowledge necessary to make informed decisions about their divorce. If there are any other questions you have for us, please feel free to reach out to us today!

How long does a divorce take in Texas?

A divorce cannot be finalized for a minimum of 60 days after filing the petition, though it often takes longer when there are aspects of the settlement the spouses do not agree on. A finalized divorce could take anywhere from four months to a year, depending on the case’s complexity.

Is Texas a no-fault divorce state?

Yes—you are not required to prove fault to get a divorce in Texas. However, if there is fault in the case, a spouse may list fault as a contributing factor in decisions of alimony or child custody.

How do I win child custody in Texas?

The court determines child custody by pursuing what is in the best interests of the child. This may include factors such as each parent’s financial and emotional stability, their individual relationship with the child, the presence of any substance abuse issues, and more. Depending on the age and maturity of the child, courts may also take the child’s wishes into account when making the final decision.

Is Texas a community property state?

Yes—issues regarding the division of your marital assets are determined according to Texas law on community property. A court in Texas will conduct a “just and right” division of community property upon divorce. All property a married couple acquired while married qualifies as community property subject to a just and right division by the courts in a divorce case.

Do you have to go to court for a divorce?

Yes and no—only a court may grant a legally recognized divorce. However, you and your spouse do not have to go through court proceedings to resolve critical issues related to your divorce. You and your spouse can enter into a private settlement agreement to establish the exact terms of your divorce without going to court. When you reach a settlement, you must provide the court with a copy of the settlement and its terms. If there are no legal problems with the agreement, the court will base its divorce orders on the terms of your settlement agreement.

Who is eligible for spousal support?

Texas law regarding alimony and spousal support is complicated. Courts are prohibited from ordering, modifying, or enforcing permanent alimony obligations in Texas. A person’s legal duty to provide financial support for their spouse ends upon divorce. However, Texas recognizes the validity of what is known as “spousal maintenance.” It is highly recommended that you consult an experienced attorney to help you understand the nature and extent of your rights and responsibilities regarding spousal support in Texas.

The Vendt Law Firm, P.L.L.C. can help you resolve issues with:

Child custody: In Texas, child custody is known as “conservatorship.” Matters of conservatorship are often the most hotly contested among divorcing spouses.  We can help you establish a workable agreement with your estranged spouse including on issues of child custody, child support, and alimony. 

Spousal maintenance: Also called alimony, this is awarded in cases where one spouse makes significantly more income than the other.  Generally, it is intended to assist the lesser-earning spouse in maintaining the standard of living they enjoyed during the marriage. 

Because Texas family court judges can determine spousal maintenance at their own discretion, it’s important to have an experienced divorce attorney by your side to help you with matters of spousal maintenance.

Division of property: Texas is a community property state, which means the property acquired during your marriage must be divided evenly between both spouses, whereas separate property will remain with the spouse who brought it into the marriage. 

It’s important to note that although the law states the division of property should be equitable, this does not mean division will be equal.  An equitable outcome relies on a few different factors concerning the divorce, such as income level and the standard of living each spouse is accustomed to.

An Aggressive Divorce Lawyer

We pride ourselves on delivering sound guidance to our clients. If you are thinking about divorce, our Sugar Land attorney can work with you to create an agreement that best suits your needs and wishes.

To schedule a consultation with a Sugar Land divorce lawyer, call our firm at (832) 276-9474 today!