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Despite what you may have heard from divorced friends and the media, not all divorces have to be contentious. If you and your spouse get along fairly well and agree to the terms of your divorce, the whole process can be over quickly and cost effectively. At Clark Law Group, our Dallas divorce attorneys help parties to an uncontested divorce review the divorce agreement and make sure that all terms are legal and agreed upon. Once given the go ahead, we help them to finalize the entire process swiftly so that they can move on with their lives.

Whether you and your partner are ready for an easy separation, or you cannot get along and are unsure how to proceed, we are here to help. Reach out to our divorce lawyers for legal guidance and support today.

Should You Represent Yourself in an Uncontested Divorce?

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According to the Texas Family Code, Sec. 3.002, Texas is a community property state, meaning that all assets and possessions acquired during the marriage belong to both you and your spouse, and that during divorce, those assets and possessions will be subject to equal division, no matter which spouse 'earned' or 'acquired' the property in the first place. Furthermore, Texas law works under the assumption that all assets are community property, unless one or both individuals can provide clear and convincing evidence to the contrary. During a Texas divorce, one or both spouses may find the community property law to be unfair, and may try to misappropriate their own individual assets so that when the time for property division comes, those assets will be squarely hidden away and therefore, free from scrutiny. These assets are referred to as 'hidden assets,' and hiding assets during a Texas divorce can place in individual in contempt of court, and subject them to charges of perjury and fraud.

Ways an Individual May Try to Hide an Asset

If you are going through a divorce in the State of Texas, it would be in your best interest to take stock of everything that you and your spouse accumulated during marriage, and to have strict records of everything from your financial accounts to your debts. When you are familiar with what you should have, it makes it much easier to spot what is missing. With that in mind, if you start to notice large withdrawals from your joint bank account, the complete closing of an account, or that certain valuables are going missing throughout your home, your spouse may be trying to hide some of your assets. Some ways in which an individual may try to hide marital assets include:

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Posted on in Co-parenting

The most influential people in most children's lives are undoubtedly their parents. Children look up to their parents for everything and rely on them to give them the guidance they need to develop into emotionally stable and successful adults. For this reason, the family courts always strive to give equal amount of parenting time to divorced parents. However, while the concept of shared parenting may seem simple in practice, the truth is that it presents a lot of complications that non-divorced couples do not typically have to think about. Certain clauses in the shared parenting agreement can help negate some of those issues or, at the very least, advise them on how to handle them. One of those clauses is the Right of First Refusal clause.

What is Right of First Refusal?

Right of First Refusal is one of many clauses that ensures that each parent gets as much parenting time as possible. In terms of custody, Right of First Refusal basically means that one parent must offer the other parent the opportunity to look after the child in lieu of a babysitter or other family member. This clause applies to both last minute and planned events. For instance, if one parent plans a camping trip with his buddies three months in advance, he must first offer the other parent that time with the child, even if it is not her week or weekend. The same goes for a night out planned a day in advance; if the mom wants a last minute a girls' night out, she must contact the father to see if he can watch the child while she is out with her friends.

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In a typical divorce, couples will be forced to divide assets such as homes, bank accounts, cars, and other physical property. While it can be emotionally difficult to part with your hard-earned money or a favorite piece of furniture, it is not difficult for a judge to divvy up such material assets. What about the other things that you value from your marriage that do not necessarily have a monetary value, but an emotional one, such as family photographs, pets, and gifts and heirlooms? What becomes of them?

At Clark Law Group, our Dallas divorce lawyers have helped many couples discover and divide theirunusual assets in a way that makes the most sense for you and your former spouse.

Assets Commonly Overlooked in a Dallas Divorce

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Posted on in Divorce

If you are over the age of 50, have been with your spouse for a majority of your life, and are going through a divorce, you are experiencing what is called a Gray Divorce. Gray divorce is on the rise, but that does not make it any easier for couples that have to go through it. Research indicates that 34% of gray divorces are couples that have been together for 30 or more years. While it is unclear as to why gray divorce is on the rise, previous cases have revealed common issues that arise throughout the process, and how, if not navigated properly, those issues can lead to mistakes that have the potential to ruin the futures of the divorcing parties. With that in mind, Clark Law Group can help you properly prepare for your divorce and your new future.

Prepare Your Finances

In a Texas gray divorce, chances are that your assets will be split 50/50, which means that you will be living a much less financially secure lifestyle than you were while married. Unless you are still working, it can be difficult to recover financially from a divorce. To ease the blow as much as possible, take a good look at your finances to determine what type of lifestyle you can feasibly upkeep post-divorce. You may find that you have only so much money or equity to last five to 10 years, in which case you may want to consider going back to work to support yourself while you are still young enough to do so.

Consider Your Future Health Care Needs

Though you may be young and healthy now, you never know what the future holds for you. You need to be prepared. Take a good look at your finances and determine whether or not you would be able to realistically cover the costs of long-term care or a nursing home. Additionally, work with an estate lawyer who can help you change your will, pension, and life insurance beneficiaries to reflect your new, post-divorce wishes.

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