Professional The Woodlands Divorce Attorney
As divorce attorneys in The Woodlands, we know that there is no such thing as an easy divorce—especially when high-value assets like businesses, properties, and investment portfolios are involved. In these high-net-worth divorces, and it takes a special kind of lawyer to know how to limit the time, resources, and emotional strain of litigation.
At Grimes & Fertitta, our divorce lawyers specialize in high-net-worth divorces and are dedicated to helping you through this difficult time with compassionate and thorough representation. We tailor our legal strategies to reflect your interests and work hard to get you the results you want.
If you are considering divorce and/or have already been contacted by your spouse’s lawyer, the sooner you act, the better. Contact the trusted, experienced Grimes & Fertitta divorce lawyers at 713-224-7644 today.
The benefits of hiring a Woodlands divorce attorney
Divorces, especially those involving children, property, and other high-value assets can very quickly become complicated. A Woodlands divorce attorney can provide you with legal counsel so that you don’t wind up making costly mistakes.
These are some of the issues and family law matters you and your divorce attorney in Houston will work to settle during the divorce process.
- Property division
- Child support
- Child custody
- Fathers’ rights
- Business ownership and valuation
- Alimony and spousal support
- Grandparents’ rights
Working with a divorce attorney can alleviate certain elements of strain during the divorce process. For example, divorce lawyers can advise you on establishing separate property rights, pursue information on your behalf, act as a means of communication between you and your partner if your relationship is particularly strained, etc.
What is the Montgomery County divorce process?
1. File your divorce petition
- Eligibility: Note that you or your spouse must have been a resident of Texas for six months in order to be eligible for a divorce in Texas. You must file for divorce in a county where either you or your spouse have been living for 90 days.
- Location: Residents living Montgomery County file in the Family Department of the Montgomery County Circuit Court (on the 1st floor of South Tower, room 1460)
- Paperwork: There are multiple types of petitions you can file, but the “Original Petition for Divorce” and the “Petition in Suit Affecting the Parent-Child Relationship” (SAPRC) are the most common.
- Orders: The divorce petition will include a set of “Standing Orders” that prohibit you and your spouse from making changes that might hurt the other party (canceling insurance, shutting down banking accounts, making threats). Depending on the state of your relationship with your spouse, you and your Woodlands divorce lawyer may need to pursue “Protective Orders” and/or “Temporary Orders.”
2. Serve your spouse
- If you work with Grimes & Fertitta, our attorneys will take care of serving your spouse and handling the necessary paperwork.
- The discovery process is a process of investigation for both parties involved in the divorce. This investigation can pan out in many different ways. For some divorces, the process is simply an exchange of important documents and information. For more complicated cases, especially those involving violence or children, the process can be quite extensive.
- It often becomes clear in the discovery process what issues will come up during the trial.
- Note that Texas is a community property state. In other words, all income and assets obtained during the marriage will be split (roughly) 50/50 during the divorce proceedings.
- Mediation—the process of meeting with a trained, neutral third-party mediator in order to try to settle issues out of court—is mandatory in Montgomery county (and Harris County). Mediation can be extremely helpful for settling disputes regarding issues such as child support, assets, visitation, children’s special needs, debts, alimony, and more. Should issues not be resolved, the mediator cannot be used as a witness during the trial.
- Mediation is often seen as being incredibly beneficial to both parties; it is much less expensive and much more informal than handling these in court.
5. Sign a Final Decree of Divorce
- Individuals must wait at least 60 days from the date they filed your petition to sign the final decree of divorce. However, many divorce proceedings extend well beyond this 60-day mark.
Why choose Grimes & Fertitta to be your The Woodlands divorce attorney?
Grimes & Fertitta has been helping clients located in The Woodlands through complicated, high-net-worth separations for decades. Over time, we have built a strong reputation for successfully handling high-net-worth divorces. These divorces typically include business valuations, hidden assets, and the division of retirement investments.
Our small team has successfully represented individuals in cases both small and large, all while doing what many larger firms cannot: giving the real people and real lives involved in a case the respect and attention they deserve.
With Grimes & Fertitta, you are never just a case number. The faces you see on our site belong to the same people who stand by you throughout the divorce process. We’re there from your consultation to the final settlement.
Contact a The Woodlands divorce attorney at Grimes & Fertitta today
Are you or someone you know considering divorce? A Grimes & Fertitta The Woodlands divorce attorney can help. We proudly serve both Harris County and Montgomery County.
We are always to ready to help explore your legal options regarding divorce. Just remember: The faster you act, the easier it is to get your divorce off to a more productive and fairer start.
Take the first step: Contact Grimes & Fertitta online or call us at 713-224-7644 today.