One of the toughest parts about going through a divorce is simply all the uncertainty. At the Law Office of Rebecca Anne Gonzalez in San Antonio, I do my best to remove as much uncertainty as possible by answering all your questions about the divorce process. As your attorney, I will always be available to discuss your case and address your concerns. For now, here are some answers to frequently asked questions about divorce:
Do I Need A Divorce Lawyer?
You do not need a lawyer to handle your divorce. Keep in mind that Texas divorce laws are complex. There are many issues that need to be addressed, from division of property to child custody to support. Overlooking something could prove costly to repair.
Hiring a lawyer means that you do not have to worry about something being overlooked. Hiring a lawyer means that you do not have to spend time learning the law, figuring out what documents to file and basically starting from scratch. A lawyer’s job is to get you through this with as little stress as possible and to make certain your rights and interests are protected.
How Much Does Divorce Cost?
My fees are meant to be affordable. Payment plans are available if there are no court dates. Credit and debit card payments are also accepted. Ultimately though, the final cost of your divorce depends on you and your situation. If you have already reached agreements with your spouse or you are willing to work together to make decisions without having to go to trial, your divorce may cost much less than you think.
How Long Does Divorce Take?
My goal is to get you through this as quickly as possible so you can move on with your life. However, just like the cost of the divorce, the time frame also depends on you and your situation. If you and your spouse can work together, your divorce could be final in a matter of months. If your spouse simply will not work with you and your case needs to go to trial, it is possible that the process may take a year or more.
Will My Divorce Go To Trial?
Few divorces actually go to final trial. The majority are resolved through negotiation or mediation rather than final trial. The most common trial in divorce are called Temporary Orders. This hearing may often times be the only hearing and is critical to your case. Temporary Orders are the first trial that is set after filing your original Petition for Divorce. It sets out where each party will live, the temporary division of finances, child custody and child support for the time the divorce action is open. Temporary Orders oftentimes set the tone for what happens in the final hearing or in mediation.
Nobody wants to go to trial. What is important is that you have an attorney on your side who has experience arguing in front of a judge, should it come down to that. I have the necessary courtroom experience to argue for you at trial, but I am also a skilled negotiator committed to getting you a positive outcome without the need for a courtroom battle.
Are The Results Of Divorce Set In Stone?
You should approach your divorce as if everything is truly going to be final. That being said, the law acknowledges that life changes. What works now in terms of child custody or support may not work in the future. While the majority of the divorce is set in stone, there will be aspects you can modify if the need arises.