There is no statute authorizing legal separation in Texas. However, steps can be initiated through contractual means for couples wanting to live apart without filing for divorce. The action is usually referred to as "separate maintenance." In this situation, the couple resides apart, but the parties are still legally married.
The Texas divorce attorneys of Krieger & Ongert, Attorneys at Law understand that a separation may be necessary during a divorce. Our family law attorneys have the experience to properly point out your rights and responsibilities. Separating with legal protections in place protects the separated individuals, assets and children.
The law requires that a couple files for and is granted a divorce to legally dissolve a marriage.
The attorneys of Krieger & Ongert, Attorneys at Law bring extensive experience addressing separation issues and have worked with courts in the Houston and Galveston area on behalf of their clients.
Legal Separation FAQ
The Texas family law attorneys of Krieger & Ongert, Attorneys at Law understand that a separation may be necessary during a divorce. Our family law attorneys provide many years of experience to properly point out your rights and your responsibilities. We will attempt to answer some of the most common questions people have about legal separation; however, if your question is not answered please " ASK KATHY."
- What is legal separation?
In Texas, there is no statute authorizing legal separation although the parties may sign a contract to be separated yet still married.
- What legally controls the period before the divorce is final?
During the divorce temporary orders can be put in place that order things such as child support, spousal support, child custody and visitation, and temporary division of property (house, automobiles, bank accounts, etc.). These orders will remain in effect during the pendency of the divorce. Once the divorce is granted and the marriage dissolved, the temporary orders are replaced by the final orders.
Contact Krieger & Ongert, Attorneys at Law
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