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How Much is Too Much? Financial Considerations in Family Law Cases


The family is the basic social institution in every State, that is why many laws are implemented to preserve its sanctity and to protect it at all costs. However, unavoidably, there are factors which call for the dissolution of marriage which, if not completely destroying it, causes a slit in the marital bond. The family, just like many others, is not immune to flaws and imperfections. 

The process of getting through familial issues is both psychologically and financially burdensome, especially when there are debts to pay or there are children involved. While this is not a smooth ride for you and your family, we have laid down the things you should take note of and consider financially when you are faced with a family law case, just to help lift a little weight on your shoulders.

Getting a Divorce

Divorce is the most common kind of a family law case, frequently involving matters concerning property division, spousal supports and if a child or children is in the picture, then child custody, visitation and support.

The Cheaper Option

If you are considering to get a decree of divorce, there are two options available for you: to settle the case alone with your spouse, or to hire a lawyer. The former is cheaper compared to the latter, since there are no legal fees to bear in mind. However, this process requires both you and your spouse to be in a quality relationship so that you would be able to work on your ideal outcomes during and after the divorce, this includes property division and other familial affairs between you and your spouse. 

There is lesser work if you do not have common children, but if you do, visitation, child support, and custody are matters added to your plates. 

If You have Extra Money to Spare

If money is not an issue, such as when you have saved for the divorce or you have a money to spare from your pocket or from the bank, then the best thing to do is hire a lawyer. Legal or lawyer fees vary depending on your location and the prices are different for every lawyer, but you may negotiate the terms of payment once you have hired one.

Aside from legal fees, there are court filing fees which should be present in every case. 

Also, you may choose to take mediation proceedings or hire experts in every issue present in your divorce, which are not necessarily needed, but may help with the progress or pacing of your divorce case. 

Child Support, Visitation and Custody

If you and your spouse have common children, the courts will be the one to decide for the amount for child support, as well as who becomes the custodial parent and each of your visitation rights. Remember that child support cases are decided based on the best interest and welfare of the child, so there has to be a financial cost for it. 

Dealing with family law cases is costly, whether you choose to hire lawyers or experts to help you decide on your case. But no matter how cheap or expensive, arriving at a proper decision is always worth the money shelled out to fix the issue   

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Mr. Hutton is a Divorce and Custody Lawyer based out of Round Rock, TX. His background is with child psychology at Arizona State University where he received a B.S. in 2006, and he continued this by working with the Children’s Right’s Clinic at the University of Texas School of Law where he received his J.D. in 2009. Throughout his practice, he has been a strong proponent of utilizing modern technology to improve his practice and the representation of his clients. He currently is the technology chair of CAFA of Travis County and is committed to improving and modernizing the practice of law in Texas.

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