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Austin Divorce Lawyers

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Our experienced attorneys at the Vaught Law Firm understand the financial and emotional impact divorce can have on you. The divorce process can be difficult and intimidating without skilled and knowledgeable representation. When your financial and legal rights are at stake, our reliable, dedicated, and compassionate divorce attorneys are ready to advise and represent you.

Here at the Vaught Law Firm, our Austin divorce lawyers practice exclusively in divorce and family law to ensure you receive effective representation for even the most complex divorce cases. We’ll explore the most suitable options on how to move forward to ensure you receive the legal representation you need. Seek relief and the closure you need through our legal staff at the Vaught Law Firm today.

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What Do Our Divorce Attorneys Cover?

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High-Asset Divorce & Property Division

Divorces involving high-asset net worth individuals require detailed and comprehensive legal representation that our attorneys can provide to you. We have the experience and resources to protect our clients’ separate property and marital estates. Our client-centered approach gives you access to your legal team on a real-time basis. Our strategy-focused approach keeps the whole team, including our clients, focused on the goals.

Our network of experts helps us deliver full service preparation of your case for negotiating with the opposing party or presenting your case at trial. Get started and learn more about how the attorneys of Vaught Law Firm can get you the legal help you need.

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Divorce for Executives, Professionals, and Entrepreneurs

Our Austin divorce attorneys are experienced in the factors involved in high net worth executive, professional and entrepreneur divorces. We understand start-up companies, stock options, deferred compensation plans and retirement plans. We work hard to protect our clients’ separate property and their financial future. We are well-versed in the Austin business culture and have experience in the types of businesses that encompass the Austin business community.

We have experts in many specialized fields to assist with valuation of any type of business. Find out how our attorneys can represent you with extensive knowledge and experience here.

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Temporary Spousal Support

During the divorce process, temporary support may be ordered depending on the financial circumstances of the spouses. At the onset of the case, each spouse fills out a Financial Information Statement in order to determine the needs of the spouses and the children. The temporary support will become part of the temporary orders under which the parties live until the divorce is final.

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Spousal Maintenance

In Texas, there is a presumption that maintenance is NOT warranted unless certain facts and circumstances are presented to the court. That means not every spouse, no matter how long the marriage lasts, is entitled to spousal maintenance. There are many factors that determine whether spousal maintenance is appropriate. The Vaught Law Firm has years of experience dealing with legal matters surrounding divorce, including spousal maintenance.

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Contractual Alimony

Contractual alimony is simply a contract made between the divorcing spouses as part of a final divorce settlement. It is one of the tools that our attorneys use to help settle cases. Some items in the marital estate are not easily divided, and it is not advisable for the two parties to continue to own property jointly after marriage. At the Vaught Law Firm, we use all of the tools available to us to create an equitable settlement of the community estate. Get in touch with our legal team today to discuss your options.

Grounds for Divorce

In Texas, there are two types of grounds for divorce, no-fault and fault-based. A no-fault divorce simply states that the marriage has become insupportable because of discord and conflict, which destroys the legitimate ends of the marriage relationship, and prevents any reasonable expection of reconciliation. A fault-based divorce alleges the divorce was caused by the behavior of the other spouse.

The Texas Family Code lists the grounds for divorce as Insupportability (no-fault), Cruelty, Adultery, Conviction of a Felony, Abandonment, Living Apart and Confinement in a Mental Hospital.

Very few divorces are filed using fault-based grounds. One reason is that a Petition for Divorce is a public document, and most couples do not want for their private marital issues to be on display. At the end of a divorce, the parties can ask the court to seal the record so the details of the divorce are no longer available to the public.

Conviction of Felony

A divorce may be granted if the other spouse has been convicted of a felony, has been incarcerated for at least one year, and has not been pardoned. However, a divorce may not be granted based on conviction of a felony if the spouse was convicted by the testimony of the other spouse.

Confinement In A Mental Hospital

Divorce may be granted if one spouse has been confined in a state or private mental hospital for at least three years and is not likely to adjust, or, if the spouse adjusts, will probably suffer a relapse.

Abandonment

Divorce may be granted on the grounds of abandonment if one spouse leaves with the intention of abandonment and remains away for at least one year.

Cruelty

Divorce may be granted if one spouse is guilty of cruel treatment towards the other spouse. Cruelty must rise to a level above trivial disagreements and must be of a nature that is insufferable or intolerable.

Insupportability

Divorce may be granted as no-fault due to irreconcilable differences without the expectancy of reconciliation.

Adultery

Divorce may be granted due to adultery or infidelity committed by the other spouse.

Living Apart

If you and your spouse have lived apart for at least three years, divorce may be granted.

What is the Difference Between Dissolution & Divorce?

Our language is always evolving, and although the law has very stable technical terms and definitions, the way we speak about things and convey ideas to each other causes technical meanings and usage to become more informal and a little blurred. Dissolution and divorce are just different words currently used to describe the same action (getting divorced) because “divorce” (as a noun or “thing”) has been converted by common usage to act as a verb or action word.

So, the correct term when a judge declares the marriage is over is that the marriage is “dissolved”. And when someone says that they are getting a “divorce” they really mean that they are in the process of dissolving their marriage and at the end of the process, they will receive a Final Decree of Divorce.

OUR ATTORNEYS

Meet the Team

ATTORNEY JIMMY VAUGHT

Board-certified in family law and civil appellate law by the Texas Board of Specialization

ATTORNEY ERIN LEAKE

Family law attorney with broad experience in a variety of divorce and family law matters.

ATTORNEY JILLIAN FRENCH

Family law lawyer with experience in family law and military divorce.

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If you would like to know more about how our firm can help with your case, we invite you to give us a call at 512-605-0999 or fill out the form below. We seek a favorable outcome on your behalf and provide superior service you require.