While most divorcing spouses want to make the process as quick and painless as possible, it may not be that easy. That’s often the case for high-net-worth couples dividing complicated assets, such as businesses, investments, and retirement accounts.
Still, statistics show judges decide fewer than 10% of all divorces in Texas and across the United States. Considering many divorces are settled through a negotiation process, working with an experienced family law attorney is essential to protect your peace of mind and your future. Each marriage and divorce are different, but the legal team at Moffett Law Firm will assist you in focusing on the business side of divorce instead of letting emotions influence your actions.
Four factors to consider for settling or litigating
- Time: Divorce trials can take well over a year, depending upon the court’s schedule. Settlements typically take a few months. A skilled family law attorney can work with you to achieve a timely outcome, when that is in your best interest.
- Cost: Some divorcing couples achieve settlements for a few thousand dollars. But the longer the process goes, the more it will cost, and trials can run well into the five-digit range. A more complex divorce will generally take longer to complete and requires a more advanced skill level from your legal team.
- Stress: It’s only logical that a long and contentious divorce creates anxiety. On the other hand, settlements can sometimes be achieved peacefully. An attorney can guide you as you determine which way to proceed. They will protect your best interests throughout the complex process of negotiating a final settlement agreement.
- Outcome: Spouses who work together to come to an agreement can sometimes save time, money and experience less stress. However, if one spouse makes unreasonable or inflexible demands over marital property or parenting time, going to court may be the best option. An attorney will guide you to know when it is advantageous to go to court and when it is in your best interest to come to a negotiated agreement.
COURTS FOCUS ON THE LAW OVER RETRIBUTION
The notion of “getting even” with a cheating or neglectful spouse is understandable but is usually not the best reason for litigating a divorce. Judges expect law-based arguments on why you deserve more time with your kids and for sharing marital assets.
There is a time and place for getting tough and asserting your rights, however, and the lawyers at Moffett Law Firm are experienced trial attorneys ready to fight for your best outcome. They understand how complex assets are valued and divided under Texas community property laws. While negotiation or mediation may lead to a fair result, it’s essential to protect your rights in court when necessary. Contact us today to set up your initial consultation. We look forward to helping you as you move forward with your life.