We take the time to understand their needs. Only then can we tailor our services to make sure concerns are addressed and goals achieved. We consider ourselves partners in our clients’ success and strive to be worthy of the trust they place in us.
The size and experience of our practice enables us to perform the complex and sophisticated work our clients require. This allows us to offer high quality work at much more reasonable rates than most high end law firms in Fort Bend County.
We are a results-oriented divorce law firm with an excellent track record of success and an outstanding reputation in the legal community. We receive the vast majority of our cases through recommendations from former clients.
Divorce, Custody, Support, Property Division, Separations and Other Family Law Matters
Divorce and other family law matters are usually the most emotional legal issues an individual is likely to face in their lifetime. Any legal issue that will affect their personal lives, children, marriage, and finances long term should be addressed with the help of skilled Texas divorce attorney from Jamie Zand.
Many of our clients are going through the most stressful and emotionally trying time of their lives, and family law attorney Jamie Zand is experienced and compassionate while helping our clients through the process and coming to an agreement that will work for them.
Whether you are dealing with a divorce, from a simple uncontested divorce through to a complex high net worth divorce, military divorce or contested divorce, we can help you through this difficult time and protect your interests throughout the process. Every family law issue is as unique as the individuals involved, and we are committed to providing each of our clients with legal solutions that are tailored to meet their specific needs.
At our law firm, we are continually motivated to defend the rights of our clients in no matter what legal situation they are facing. We never back down even from the most complex case, and our professional divorce attorneys are personally committed to protecting your interests in any divorce or family law matter. We get to know our clients on a personal level to understand their unique situation and move forward to get it resolved with the least amount of worry and stress possible. We can provide legal counsel in all types of divorce, including divorce mediation, collaborative divorce, the crucial issues of child custody, child support, alimony, cohabitation agreements, prenuptial agreements, annulments, divorce appeals, paternity, legal separations, guardianship, and are committed to protecting fathers' rights, mothers' rights and grandparents' rights with legal action when necessary. We can assist you in to gain immediate protection from the authorities in cases of domestic abuse, spousal abuse or child abuse, and will move forward quickly to file for an order of protection.
We invite you to contact our firm and discuss your family law or divorce issue. We have an exceptional depth of understanding and experience in all family law matters. With many years of experience, our seasoned legal team can help you bring your family law matter to a resolution, and you can have confidence that you interests will be protected and your goals and objectives will be given the highest priority.Divorce mediation
Probably not. Except for some slight procedural advantages -- the person who brings the case first gets to talk first – there is usually not much advantage to filing the divorce papers.
No. You do not have to show fault to get a divorce in Texas, but if there is fault – such as adultery, for example – it can sometimes be a factor in court, depending on the circumstances.
A minimum of 60 days. Texas law requires that the couple wait 60 days after the date the divorce petition is filed to finalize the divorce. How long any individual case takes to resolve depends on many factors. Some courts require a divorce case to go to trial fairly quickly, while other courts are content to let divorce cases languish for very long periods of time.
The cost depends on whether you and your spouse can reach an agreement regarding the property division and children, how long the case has to be litigated before that agreement is reached, whether temporary orders are necessary, whether a trial is necessary, whether discovery is conducted, and how reasonable your spouse and your spouse's attorney are (or aren't) throughout the process.
Divorce can be very expensive, especially when you and your (soon to be ex) spouse battle over the details. You can both save a lot of money by avoiding divorce court through a mediated divorce process. Learn more about this option here: Divorce Mediation.
To modify the amount of child support (either an increase or decrease in the amount ordered), one of two things must be proven in court: either (a) you show that the circumstances of the child or a person affected by the order have materially and substantially changed since the date the order was signed; or (b) it has been three years since the order was signed and the monthly amount of the child support award under the order differs by either 20 percent or $100 from the amount that would be awarded in accordance with the child support guidelines. Most cases will fall under the three-year category, so the question of whether child support can be modified becomes primarily a question of math.
The court, not the child, is the ultimate judge of where the child's primary residence will be; however, at age 12, a child can sign a "Choice of Managing Conservator." This is a document that communicates the child's wishes concerning primary living arrangements to the court. In conjunction with this document, a Motion to Modify must be filed with the court before the court can modify its prior order. Although the "Choice of Managing Conservator" document is very persuasive to the court, it is not binding, as the court will attempt to make a decision which is in the child's best interest (which is not always what the child wants).
The starting point is that the court presumes that all the property of the marriage is community property, and if you have separate property you have to prove it by tracing it with "clear and convincing evidence." The court divides the property in a "just and right manner." What does this mean? In most cases, it means a 50/50 split. In other cases, factors such as unequal earning power and fault in the marital relationship can affect the division of property. There is a reported case where a 90/10% split was deemed a just and right division. This case was upheld at the appellate level.
Although getting temporary spousal support (while the divorce is pending) is very common, it is unusual to get post-divorce alimony. You can get post-divorce alimony only if you qualify and an attorney’s advice would be necessary.
Although the state of the law in this area is somewhat in flux as the result of a U.S. Supreme Court decision striking down another state's grandparent custody law, under the Texas Family Code, a grandparent can get access (limited visitation) with a grandchild in certain circumstances. Grandparent custody of a child is also allowed under the Texas Family Code if the parents consent or if the child's present living environment presents a serious question concerning the child's physical health or welfare.
Separation. Texas does not recognize the legal concept of separation. You are "married" until a court enters a final decree. Nevertheless, you can enter into a "separation agreement" or "partition and exchange agreement." Your actions at the separation stage can "point" the case to the final outcome.
Original Petition for Divorce. The divorce process starts by filing a document entitled "Original Petition for Divorce." That document informs the court that a divorce is sought, of any grounds the party may have, and what the party wants the court to award in regard to property and children. Concurrently with the filing of the Original Petition, a party may ask for temporary orders, temporary restraining orders, and/or a protective order.
Temporary Orders. Temporary orders are orders issued by the court to place immediate controls upon the relationship of the parties, the parties' financial affairs, child custody, and financial support while the divorce is pending.
Mediation. Mediation is a process where both parties meet in a neutral setting to discuss their differences and attempt to resolve the case.
Discovery. "Discovery" is a broad general term for a number of legal devices designed to gather information. Discovery is sometimes an informal process of exchanging documents or information between the parties' attorneys.
Trial. If the case cannot be settled, then it will be set for trial. Often, in addition to the pre-temporary orders and mediation, a second mediation will be ordered prior to a final trial. Trial is often expensive, stressful, and risky. A trial can be before the court or before a jury upon request.
Post-Trial / Final Decree. Whether there is a settlement agreement or a trial, at the conclusion of the case a Final Decree of Divorce is drafted. This document spells out who gets what property, where the primary residence of the children will be, how much child support will be paid, and how various child-rearing decisions will be made in the future. The court's orders in the Final Decree of Divorce can in some circumstances be modified in the future.
Appeal. If there has been a procedural error in the trial, or if the ruling of the court was not equitable or not in the best interests of the children, you may file a motion for new trial, or begin an appeal within a very limited period of time.
Jamie Zand & Associates, is a top rated Richmond divorce law firm that has years of family law experience. Based out of Richmond, our firm helps families throughout Fort Bend County. We have an immense amount of experience handling tough, complicated, and complex cases. We have a proven track record in family law– and we know when, and how, to be aggressive. By working with us, you have an advantage that few other firms can offer.
You Get Attorney Jamie Zand, Not Just Her Name
We have always been devoted to providing every client with the utmost support in legal service and litigation. We know that your family law issue is important to you and it is equally important to him as well. You need a Richmond family lawyer who will fight for you and stand up for your rights. That is exactly the service that we will provide to you, no matter what your family law issue may be. Unlike many other attorneys, we don’t assign paralegals and non-attorneys to handle the bulk of our work. Our dedicated Richmond divorce lawyer do the majority of the work on your case. When you hire us, you have our lawyer Jamie Zand expertise on your case. Our divorce firm understands that the lawyer you hire – can be more important than the divorce itself.
We offer an initial consultation for our clients in person to help better understand your situation and to better inform you about the process. In your initial consultation we will explain all your legal rights and what your next move should be. When done with this consultation you can decide whether or not you want to move forward with us but at the very least you will have a guide regarding the divorce and or family law processes and why it’s important to hire an experienced divorce attorney. In order to start working with us, give us a call and we will walk you through the next steps. We are located in Richmond, Texas but have been proudly serving clients in surrounding areas such as: Sugar Land, Katy, Missouri City, Houston, and throughout Fort Bend County. Divorce attorney Jamie Zand has years of experience dealing with family law related matters and pretty much has seen every type of situation relating to divorce matters. The one constant factor about our firm is that we remain dedicated to deliver our clients the best possible outcome for their case. Our first priority in any divorce case is to protect the welfare of the children. We have extensive experience negotiating cases involving child support, custody, and visitation rights. Contact us today for an initial consultation.
Top Notch Litigators
Attorney Jamie Zand is well known and respected in the community and has years of experience helping families throughout Fort Bend County with their family law matter.
We’re Dedicated To You
We are passionate about one thing: helping our clients get the best outcome. We don’t focus on billable hours – like other firms. We only care about providing the best possible solution.
We’re your ally. We’re your guiding hand.
Your spouse, or his/her attorney, will try to take advantage of you. We understand this – and we make sure to keep you balances. We’ve seen spouses use children, and emotions, in an attempt to blackmail you. We prevent that from succeeding. We use the rules, and our experience in matrimony cases, to help prevent mistakes and potential compromises that could hurt you. We treat like you family – you can trust.
What is an uncontested divorce
While no divorce is truly "uncontested" in the sense that there are no disagreements, these disputes do not always have to be resolved in court. That's what we mean by an uncontested divorce - one where the spouses can reach a decision as to the terms of the divorce without going to trial. Uncontested divorces move more quickly through the courts and are less expensive than contested divorces. We can help you
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As a law firm founded on the principle Our Family Fighting For Your Family – we are aggressive, and extremely resourceful. We get each client the results he, or she, deserves.
When you are choosing a lawyer to represent your rights and those of your family in a divorce or other family law issues, it is very important that you choose a trustworthy and experienced family law attorney who can deliver. Picking the right attorney is critical for you and your family.