Beaumont Divorce Attorneys
A Texas court will grant a divorce based on either “fault” or “no-fault” grounds. A no-fault divorce in Texas may be issued due to irreconcilable differences or living separately (i.e. without cohabitation) for at least three years. A judge may issue a fault divorce in cases involving cruelty, adultery, and other situations.
Residency Requirement If you would like to file for divorce in the state of Texas, either you or your spouse must be a resident for at least six months prior to beginning the proceeding. You or your spouse must also have lived in the county in which the divorce is filed for at least three months
Property Division property division does not apply only to “real” or personal property. It also applies to retirement funds, stock options and insurance payments, among others. This is especially important if you and your spouse have significant assets (i.e. high net worth). Whether property is considered marital or separate depends on how and when it is acquired, which means hiring an experienced divorce attorney is crucial to obtaining the outcome you deserve.
Insurance Benefits After a Divorce Under federal law, you may be allowed to keep your medical insurance benefits under your former spouse’s group plan. The Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act (COBRA) created benefits available to the former spouses of people who work for employers with 20 or more employees. Simply defined, the COBRA Act states that employers must offer “continuation coverage” for the first three years following a divorce.
Temporary Spousal Support A Texas judge may issue an order awarding temporary spousal support if you or your spouse is unemployed or earning insufficient income. Since there are no legal guidelines concerning temporary spousal support, you should plan to demonstrate what your needs are and the resources your spouse has to satisfy those needs. This process is often confusing and time-consuming, so it’s best to consult an experienced divorce lawyer if you are planning to seek temporary spousal support.
Contact Us Portner Bond, PLLC provides Beaumont families with over 85 years’ combined experience in issues pertaining to family law and divorce. If you are considering filing for divorce, contact our office today (409) 838-4444 to schedule your free consultation. 1905 Calder Ave. Beaumont, TX 77701