Family Law

Family Law Litigation
Prenuptial Agreements
Partition and Exchange Agreements

Family Law Litigation

In Texas, Family Law litigation encompasses all forms of litigation including child custody, divorce, modification of a Decree of Divorce or a Suit Affecting Parent Child Relationship, grandparent’s rights, child support, marriage annulment, possession and access issues, prenuptial and postnuptial agreements, paternity, adoption issues, division of marital assets, and protective order cases. Cheryl B. Jeter has always worked with clients to accommodate their needs. There are many questions people have regarding family law issues. The following family law questions and answers are some of the most commonly asked questions asked regarding Family Law Issues in Texas:

• What is the legal process like in Texas?
• How are assets divided in divorce and what types of assets are divided?
• What happens to property that each party owned before they were married?
• What is a Pre-nuptial Agreement?
• What is a Partition and Exchange Agreement?
• Under what circumstances is a party entitled to alimony or spousal support?
• How does a court decide who should get custody of children if the parties disagree?
• How is child support calculated in Texas?
• Can child support or custody ever be modified or changed?
• Can grandparents’ ever get custody or visitation with their grandchildren?
• What are each parent’s rights and duties toward their children?
• Can a marriage ever be voided or annulled?
• Is a father allowed to challenge the paternity of a child born during the marriage?
• What is the state of same-sex marriage in Texas?
• Can a parent move to another county or out of the state without the court’s consent?

Cheryl B. Jeter, PLLC is committed to developing a comprehensive relationship with her clients that allows her to protect their interest regarding their children and their assets as they work through difficult and complex family law matters. Please call (713) 728-6210 to schedule a consultation.

Prenuptial Agreements

Texas allows pre-nuptial agreements and with one, you and your soon to be spouse can protect assets owned prior to marriage in the event of a dissolution of the marriage or the death of one of the parties.

By entering into a pre-nuptial agreement you and your soon to be spouse can address your rights and obligations to the other and allows you to:

• protect your separate property
• reduce conflict and save money if a dissolution of the marriage were to occur
• clarify special agreements between the two of you
• establish any proposed property division between the parties in the even of a divorce
• establish any division of property in the event of the death of one party while married
• Clarify property issues for children of previous marriages

Partition and Exchange Agreements

Spouse can partition and exchange between themselves all or part of their community property, then existing or to be acquired, as the spouses may desire. Property transferred to a spouse by partition or exchange becomes that spouse’s separate property. Spouses may also partition the future earnings and income from the transferred property which shall also be the separate property of the spouse it was transferred to.

After spouses marry, and especially if the marriage is a long-lasting marriage, they sometimes agree to transfer some of their separate property to the other spouse. This is done through an agreement so in the event of divorce or death, the owning spouse’s interest in this property will be defined.

These types of agreements are not as common as pre-nuptial agreements but their purpose is necessary to transfer ownership of separate property owned by a spouse in a marriage.

Cheryl Jeter, Houston family lawyer and divorce mediator services clients in the Harris and surrounding counties including Ft. Bend County, Montgomery County, and Brazoria County in Texas.

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