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Beaumont Divorce Lawyer Texas Property Division Lawyer

Protecting You and Your Children's Financial Future

Law Offices of Suzanne Schaper

His 401K. Her inheritance. His side business. Her college debt. Trust your financial future to a smart, quick attorney who knows how to protect what is rightfully yours.

Property is the business aspect of divorce. Texas law requires a "just and right" division of marital property upon divorce. This covers property of all kinds: real estate, personal belongings, and money. Because Texas is a community property state, marital property and debts are divided equally at the time of divorce. Any property acquired during a marriage, except gifts or inheritances, and any debt incurred during the marriage belongs equally to both spouses. A background in finance enables Suzanne Schaper to advocate effectively for the most favorable asset and debt division for you.

An Understanding of Marital Assets and Debts

All marital assets are subject to division in a divorce. Likewise, any debt acquired during your marriage, such as mortgages, car loans, and credit card balances, must be divided as well. Community property includes financial accounts, retirement and pension accounts, business interests, houses, land, furniture, and any other tangible items that have value. As a general rule, community property is divided between the parties equally during a divorce, although there are some exceptions. In Texas property acquired by gift, inheritance, or prior to marriage is generally presumed to be that person's sole and separate property and is not divided. Generally, community debts, which are the debts incurred during the marriage, are divided equally as well. There are exceptions to the presumption. Debts incurred prior to marriage are generally the responsibility of the person incurring those debts. You need an attorney with a finance background to carefully evaluate your property portfolio, whether it be simple or complex.

Use of Professionals When Needed

Most divorcing spouses are able to locate accurate and complete records of the other spouse's finances. On occasion, financial information is unclear or incomplete. This may be the result of intentional or accidental lack of disclosure. If the need arises, Suzanne Schaper Law Firm has access to forensic accountants and investigators to uncover hidden assets and undeclared property and to determine the real value of a business.

Why Choose Us

Suzanne Schaper Law Firm focuses its practice on the single area of divorce and the broad range of issues involved in divorce, including child custody, child support, property division, division of benefits and retirement accounts, visitation, conservatorships, modification of divorce decrees and existing orders, enforcement of divorce decrees and existing orders, as well as pre-marital agreements and post-marital agreements. We represent clients throughout the greater Beaumont area including Jefferson, Orange, Hardin, and Chambers counties.

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