With more than 24 years of experience and hundreds of cases successfully handled, we at Scroggins Family Law have the knowledge and skills required to tackle even the most complex matters. Over the years, our Collin County family attorneys have noticed that many of the men and women we serve have similar kinds of questions and concerns. To better assist our clients, we have collected a list of some of the most commonly asked questions brought to our firm and provided the answers below for your benefit.

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What Is A Contested Divorce?

A contested divorce is the kind of divorce where both parties cannot amicably agree over how to settle their divorce. Perhaps they do not agree on matters such as child support and alimony. Contested divorces are notorious for being lengthy and emotionally draining. Our firm solely handles contested divorces and provides the aggressive and relentless representation merited by these cases.

Why Can't I Just File For Divorce On My Own?

While many individuals choose to file for divorce on their own, we highly discourage others from doing so. Filling for divorce without legal assistance can unnecessarily place your rights and interests in danger. This is especially true in the case of contested divorces. You need to have a passionate and tough advocate on your side who will fiercely protect your rights in court.

How Much Alimony Can I Expect To Receive?

It is impossible to exactly predict how a family law court judge will rule regarding alimony because a variety of factors are taken into consideration. In the state of Texas, alimony is decided by taking a look at the length of the marriage, whether or not one spouse was the homemaker, his or her earning ability, and age of the spouse seeking alimony, to name a few. The chances of obtaining the alimony amount you wish to receive are greatly enhanced when you have legal representation.

How Is Property Divided In Texas?

Texas is a "community property" state, so all assets and property that is accumulated during the marriage is considered shared by the couple. During a divorce, a judge will evaluate the assets and distribute them equally as he or she sees fit. Property can be protected during this process by prenuptial agreements or other legal actions. Visit here to learn more about property division in Texas.

Can I Get Separated In Texas?

Unfortunately, legal separations are not recognized in the state of Texas. This means that couples who need space to re-evaluate their marriage have limited options to legally protect themselves during this uncertain time.

However, they do have some options. Partition and exchange agreements or suit affecting parent-child relationship (SAPCR) can be used to settle financial and child custody matters if a couple decides to establish separate residences while still remaining married. Contact us to learn more about these legal actions.

What Does It Mean To Be Board-Certified In Family Law?

Being board-certified in family law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization means that the certified attorney has demonstrated an expert grasp of this area of the law, which has been tested. Board certification also requires ongoing legal education and outstanding peer reviews. This high level of specialization is a mark of excellence, one that only less than 10 percent of practicing attorneys in Texas possess. Our firm is proud of the fact that both of our members are board certified.

Why Should I Hire Your Firm To Represent Me?

Our firm has a reputation for delivering high -quality legal representation that strikes a delicate balance of being both aggressive and compassionate. We genuinely care about the needs and goals of our clients, which is evident in our staunch pursuit of a positive outcome in court. Our efforts have earned us the respect of our peers and various honors such as inclusion in the Super Lawyers list. Should you choose to hire us, you can feel peace of mind in knowing you have an expert legal team on your side.

Contact Us With Additional Questions

We can provide you with the answers you need in order to feel at ease over the decisions you make for yourself and your family. Our team is prepared to help you get the best results possible. Our family attorneys represent clients throughout Collin County, including Highland Village, Flower Mound, Allen, Lewisville, McKinney, Plano and Frisco.

If you still need to have a question answered, please don't hesitate to contact us as soon as possible at our Dallas office by calling 214-469-3100.