Helping Austin Families Secure A Fair Property Division Agreement
When you are ending your marriage, few family law issues are as critical as the terms of a property division agreement. Your ability to protect your property rights will have a lasting impact not only on your future but also on your children’s lives.
Whether your property and asset concerns are relatively straightforward or complex, the legal team at Benouis Law is equipped to safeguard your interests. Founding attorney Catherine Benouis is a board-certified family law specialist who has practiced law for over 30 years. She will use her insight to help you secure your financial future.
Texas Property Division Laws
Property, assets and debt are categorized as either community property or separate property in Texas divorces. Property owned by one party before the marriage is considered “separate property” and is not subject to division. Separate property may include one spouse’s inheritance, gifts or other qualifying items.
Community property typically includes houses, cars and other items purchased over the course of a marriage. Texas laws require parties to divide marital property equally. However, there are factors that can affect how the family court judge allocates property and possessions. Judges may consider:
- The reason for the family breakup
- Each spouse’s health
- Differences between the spouses’ earnings
- The terms of the custody agreement
While many property division disputes are cut-and-dried affairs, judges are empowered to use their discretion to determine what constitutes a just property division agreement. This is why it is vital to retain a skilled attorney: the argument you make in court could greatly affect the property that you receive. Ms. Benouis is intimately familiar with the types of arguments that compel judges to rule favorably for one party over the other. She regularly leverages this knowledge to obtain favorable outcomes.
What Makes High-Asset Divorces Different?
While there is not a separate process for divorces involving high-value assets, they tend to be significantly more complex and time-consuming. Business interests can be especially difficult to divide, as the parties must agree on a valuation of ownership stake. As a result, they can get especially contentious, as emotions tend to ride high when there is a lot of money on the line.
Attorney Catherine Benouis is certified by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization in family law. She capably resolves complex property division issues, including:
- Business valuation
- Real estate
- Retirement accounts
- Investment portfolios
Working with a team of financial experts, the legal professionals at Benouis Law can determine the value of your assets for the purposes of a divorce property division and will strive to get you the equitable share you deserve.
In these divorce cases, the most important thing is to walk away from the process with a financial portfolio that can sustain you in the future and that contains an equitable division of your marital property. At Benouis Law, Ms. Benouis has extensive experience with these types of cases and will work strategically to protect your rights, interests and future when you choose the firm.
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Failing to choose the right legal representation is one of the most damaging mistakes many people make in their divorce cases. When choosing a property division lawyer in Travis County, Hays County, Williamson County and the surrounding areas, it is crucial to look for an attorney who is truly dedicated to helping you and has the knowledge and experience to do so.