Contested Divorce

Mansfield Contested Divorce Lawyer

At The Ostendorf Law Group, PLLC, we understand that divorce is a challenging and emotional process. When a divorce is contested, it can be even more stressful and complex. Our experienced team of divorce attorneys is here to guide you through this difficult time, providing the legal support and advocacy you need to achieve a fair and equitable resolution.

Expert Representation in Contested Divorces

A contested divorce occurs when spouses cannot agree on one or more key issues, such as property division, child custody, child support, or spousal support. These disagreements often lead to litigation, requiring skilled legal representation to navigate the complexities of the court system.

Key Issues in Contested Divorces

Property Division

  • Equitable Distribution: Texas is a community property state, meaning that all marital assets and debts are subject to equitable distribution. We help you identify, value, and divide property fairly.
  • High-Value Assets: Our attorneys have experience handling high-net-worth divorces, ensuring that complex assets such as businesses, investments, and retirement accounts are accurately assessed and divided.

Child Custody and Visitation

  • Best Interests of the Child: Courts prioritize the best interests of the child when determining custody arrangements. We advocate for your parental rights while ensuring that your child's needs are met.
  • Parenting Plans: We help develop comprehensive parenting plans that address physical custody, legal custody, and visitation schedules.

Child Support

  • Support Calculations: Child support in Texas is calculated based on a set of guidelines that consider the income of both parents and the needs of the child. We ensure that the calculations are accurate and fair.
  • Enforcement and Modifications: If circumstances change, we assist with modifying existing child support orders and enforcing compliance.

Spousal Support (Alimony)

  • Determining Support: Spousal support may be awarded based on factors such as the length of the marriage, each spouse's earning capacity, and contributions to the household. We work to secure a fair support arrangement.
  • Duration and Amount: We help determine the appropriate duration and amount of spousal support, considering both short-term and long-term financial needs.

Why Choose The Ostendorf Law Group, PLLC?

  • Experienced Legal Team: Our attorneys have extensive experience handling contested divorces, providing knowledgeable and strategic representation.
  • Personalized Approach: We take the time to understand your unique situation and goals, tailoring our legal strategies to meet your specific needs.
  • Compassionate Support: We offer compassionate support throughout the divorce process, helping you navigate the emotional and legal challenges you face.
  • Strong Advocacy: Our firm is committed to advocating for your rights and interests, ensuring that you achieve the best possible outcome.

Contact Us

If you are facing a contested divorce in Mansfield or the surrounding areas, contact The Ostendorf Law Group, PLLC. Our dedicated team is here to provide the legal support and representation you need. Schedule a consultation today to discuss your case and explore your legal options.

Texas Contested Divorce FAQ

Do I need a lawyer for a contested divorce?

Yes, it is highly recommended to have a lawyer for a contested divorce. The complexities and emotional challenges involved in contested divorces require skilled legal representation to navigate the court system, advocate for your rights, and achieve a fair resolution. An experienced attorney can provide valuable guidance and support throughout the process.

How long does a contested divorce take in Texas?

The duration of a contested divorce can vary significantly depending on the complexity of the issues involved and the level of disagreement between the spouses. On average, a contested divorce in Texas can take anywhere from several months to over a year to resolve. Having an experienced attorney can help streamline the process and work towards a timely resolution.

What is the difference between contested and uncontested divorce?

A contested divorce occurs when spouses cannot agree on one or more key issues, such as property division, child custody, child support, or spousal support, requiring court intervention to resolve. An uncontested divorce, on the other hand, is when both spouses agree on all terms of the divorce, resulting in a more straightforward and quicker process.

How is property divided in a contested divorce?

In Texas, property is divided based on community property laws, meaning that all marital assets and debts are subject to equitable distribution. This does not necessarily mean a 50/50 split but rather a fair division based on various factors. An experienced attorney can help ensure that property is accurately valued and divided equitably.

Can child custody arrangements be modified after a divorce is finalized?

Yes, child custody arrangements can be modified if there is a significant change in circumstances that affects the best interests of the child. This could include changes in income, relocation, or changes in the child's needs. Our firm can assist with filing for modifications and ensuring that the new arrangements are in the best interests of the child.

For more information or to schedule a consultation, contact The Ostendorf Law Group, PLLC. We are here to support you through every step of your contested divorce, providing the skilled and compassionate legal representation you deserve.

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  • We maintain the highest ethical standards in our decisions, actions, and communications.
  • We have a heavy litigation background & winning success record.
  • We create personalized strategies to meet your needs.
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