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How Much Does It Cost To Get A Divorce?

In Contested Divorces, Uncategorized, Uncontested Divorces on February 1, 2014 at 10:34 pm

Naturally a concern for those looking to get a divorce is how much his/her divorce will cost. The costs of a divorce depend on many factors.
First, it depends on whether your divorce is going to be an uncontested divorce or a contested divorce. Usually attorneys charge a flat fee for uncontested divorces. There could be additional fees related to your particular situation. For instance, if you and your spouse own real property and one of you will be awarded the property in the divorce, then you will likely want a Special Warranty Deed. It is more economical for your pocketbook if your divorce is uncontested.
If your divorce is contested, then you will find that most attorneys charge an hourly rate for their services because your attorney has no idea how much time he or she will spend on the case. Different attorneys charge different hourly rates. Hourly rates differ based on attorneys’ experience and location among other reasons. If you are looking for an attorney that practices in the nicest building close to downtown, then be prepared to pay a higher hourly rate for that attorney. The higher overhead the attorney has to pay, the higher the hourly rate you have to pay. In addition to paying for the attorney based on that attorney’s hourly rate, be prepared to pay an initial retainer. An initial retainer is an amount of money that you put down at the start of your case. Your filing fee and fees to have your spouse served will be used out of that initial retainer, and then any remaining funds will be used based on the amount of time your attorney spends on your case and your attorney’s hourly rate.
Know that attorneys’ hourly rates and initial retainers vary from attorney to attorney. I always encourage people to shop around to find an attorney that they feel comfortable with. However, you should know that when shopping for attorneys over the phone, it is difficult for many attorneys to provide individuals anticipating a contested divorce with an exact amount of an initial retainer over the phone. Many factors are considered when determining an initial retainer; therefore, attorneys generally like to sit down and talk with individuals to determine what all might be problematic issues. Obviously, the more complicated the case, the more likely the initial retainer will be higher.

For more information on attorneys’ fees, contact me, Cari Brownlee, at 281-998-8880.

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Protecting Your Finances During Divorce

In Contested Divorces, Uncategorized, Uncontested Divorces on June 25, 2013 at 2:44 am

Protecting Your Finances During Divorce

Getting a Divorce? Here’s Help On How to Protect Your Credit

In Contested Divorces, Uncategorized, Uncontested Divorces on June 23, 2013 at 3:13 am

Getting a divorce can have a negative impact on your credit.  I discovered a great article regarding protecting your credit during a divorce.

Getting a Divorce? Here’s How to Protect Your Credit | Credit.com Blog.

We haved moved!

In About Cari Brownlee, Child Support, Children Issues, Contested Divorces, Uncategorized, Uncontested Divorces on April 25, 2013 at 8:53 pm

I have moved, but don’t worry, I am just one block away from my Fairmont Pkwy office. My office is now located at 3515 Preston Ave., Pasadena, Texas.

If I Get A Divorce Do I Have To Change My Last Name?

In Contested Divorces, Uncontested Divorces on August 31, 2011 at 8:38 pm

If you are a woman and took your husband’s last name when you got married, if you get divorced, you can either request a name change to go back to your maiden name or you can keep your husband’s last name.  The decision is yours and yours alone.  Your soon-to-be ex-husband has no control over whether or not you decide to keep his last name  or not. 

For more information on name changes, call Cari Brownlee at 281-998-8880.

Can I Change My Name At The Same Time I Get Divorced?

In Contested Divorces, Uncontested Divorces on August 31, 2011 at 8:24 pm

You can change your name at the same time you get divorced.  An attorney can easily add your request for a name change to your final decree. Just make sure you notify your attorney of your desire to change your name before the petition is filed.

For more information on a name change, call Cari Brownlee at 281-998-8880.

Can I get a divorce in Harris County, Brazoria County, Chambers County, Liberty County or Galveston County if I am pregnant?

In Children Issues, Contested Divorces, Uncontested Divorces on August 7, 2011 at 5:53 pm

If you are seeking a divorce while you or your spouse is pregnant, the divorce may be filed; however, the divorce may not be finalized while you or your spouse is pregnant.  

 

Are gifts to me while I am married considered my separate property?

In Contested Divorces, Uncontested Divorces on April 28, 2011 at 7:41 pm

When individuals come to me to talk about getting a divorce, I am often asked what is considered separate property. Texas Family Code section 3.001 defines separate property as “(1) the property owned or claimed by the spouse before marriage; (2) the property acquired by the spouse during marriage by gift, devise, or descent; and (3) the recovery for personal injuries sustained by the spouse during marriage, except any recovery for loss of earning capacity during marriage.”

Therefore, property owned prior to marriage is separate property. Gifts given to you is your separate property. However, a  joint gift to you and your spouse, such as a wedding gift, is considered one-half undivided separate interest in the gift for each.

What Is Considered My Separate Property in Harris County, Texas?

In Contested Divorces, Uncontested Divorces on April 28, 2011 at 7:35 pm

Texas Family Code section 3.001 defines separate property as “(1) the property owned or claimed by the spouse before marriage; (2) the property acquired by the spouse during marriage by gift, devise, or descent; and (3) the recovery for personal injuries sustained by the spouse during marriage, except any recovery for loss of earning capacity during marriage.”

A joint gift to a husband and wife, such as a wedding gift, is not community property. Instead, each spouse has a one-half undivided separate interest in the gift.

Do I Have To Attend Parenting Classes To Get A Divorce In Texas?

In Children Issues, Contested Divorces, Uncontested Divorces on July 1, 2010 at 1:42 pm

For a  divorce in Houston, Harris County, Texas and surrounding counties, if there are minor children, many courts require parties attend parenting classes before granting a divorce.  If a parenting class is required by the court, then you will need to attend a parenting class approved by the court and submit the certificate of completion with the court before the divorce will be granted.