Experienced Divorce Attorneys
At the Flowers Firm, P.C., our divorce attorneys have a tremendous amount of experience handling complex marital dissolution cases. For the sake of our clients and their families, we generally try to resolve divorce cases via settlement or divorce mediation. When settlement is inappropriate for the circumstances, our seasoned trial lawyers will seek the necessary relief from the court.
Whether your divorce involves significant and complicated financial assets or a heated custody dispute, you want an experienced divorce attorney looking out for your best interests. Our attorneys
have the experience you need and want when your family and future are at stake.
No-Fault Divorce Versus Fault Grounds for Divorce in Texas
In Texas, no-fault divorce is the norm. To obtain a no-fault divorce, you simply state that the marriage is insupportable because of conflict or discord. However, Texas has retained several "fault" grounds for divorce which can be alleged. Although fault need not be proven to obtain a divorce, the court may consider fault in dividing the community property and in awarding custody and visitation.
Get Your Fair Share of Hidden Assets During a Texas Divorce
When you know you do not have full understanding of your spouse's assets — or assets owned jointly — you need to take extra care during your divorce to protect your claim to a fair share of community property during property division negotiations.
Questions to Ask to Uncover the Possible Existence of Hidden Assets
To trace hidden assets, we work with investigators and forensic accountants. Once we locate hidden assets or evidence of marital financial fraud, we then trace ownership of those hidden assets and undertake the valuation process to ensure they are included in the marital estate.
At the Flowers Firm, we talk extensively with our client about the financial history of the marriage:
--> Do you have records of your spouse's retirement accounts? Do you know whether your spouse has more than one retirement plan?
--> Do you have access to all joint bank accounts? Can you get copies of recent statements? Does your spouse have separate bank accounts? Do you?
--> Is it possible that your spouse owns property in another state or country?
--> Could your spouse have offshore bank accounts?
--> Has your spouse ever denied you access to joint financial accounts or refused to answer questions regarding financial affairs?
--> Do you have an investment portfolio? Do you keep separate portfolios? Who is your investment advisor? Do you know who your spouse's investment advisor is?
Careful Consideration of All Aspects of Your Divorce
In a divorce, the first step in dividing the marital assets is to identify property and determine whether it is community or separate property. The next step is to accurately value the marital property and come up with a property settlement that ensures our client receives a fair share of the community property. We have significant experience representing clients who have — or are married to spouses who have — high net worth. We enlist forensic accountants and investigators when necessary to trace hidden assets in divorces where our clients suspect financial fraud.
Child custody and visitation
We work to help clients create parenting plans outlining conservatorship and possession provisions which are in the best interest of the children and the parents.
Child and Spousal Support
Determining appropriate child support under the Texas child support guidelines often depends on correctly calculating the non-custodial parent's income and resources. In certain cases where a husband or wife is financially dependent upon the other spouse, temporary alimony, or Spousal Support, may be awarded to help them become employed and self-supporting.
Contact the Flowers Firm to assist divorce questions or issues. Contact us
at (713) 236-7796 to schedule an appointment with one of our skilled attorneys at our office in downtown Houston.