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Fort Worth Property Division Attorneys

Helping You Divide Your Assets in a Divorce

Divorce is a difficult process, and one of the most contentious aspects of it is dividing the property. In Texas, property is divided according to the community property system, which means that all property acquired during the marriage is considered community property and is subject to a 50/50 split. 

However, there are exceptions to this rule, and it is important to have a skilled property division lawyer in Fort Worth on your side to help you protect your interests during a divorce.

Our team at Coker, Robb & Cannon, Family Lawyers, is here to help you through the property division process. We understand how important it is to you to protect your assets, and we are committed to helping you do so.

Call us today at (940) 293-2313 or contact us online to schedule a consultation with our Fort Worth property division lawyers.

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We have helped families just like yours through all types of divorce and family law-related matters. Find out how one of our Board-Certified Family Law Specialists can help you.

How is Property Divided in a Divorce?

When determining the division of community property, the court takes various factors into account, such as:

  • Length of the Marriage: The duration of the marriage is a significant factor. In general, the longer a couple has been married, the more likely the court is to aim for a roughly equal division of community property. A lengthy marriage typically implies that both spouses have contributed to the marital estate over an extended period, and it may be viewed as a partnership in which both parties have shared in the accumulation of assets and debts.
  • Earning Capacity: Each spouse's earning capacity is an essential consideration. This involves evaluating their ability to earn income and support themselves after the divorce. The court may consider factors such as education, skills, work experience, and current employment opportunities. If one spouse has significantly higher earning potential, the court might adjust the division to provide the lower-earning spouse with a more substantial share of the community property.
  • Financial Contributions: The financial contributions of each spouse during the marriage play a critical role in the property division process. This includes factors like who was the primary breadwinner, who managed the household finances, and who made significant financial contributions to the acquisition of community assets. Courts aim to recognize and reward the financial contributions made by both spouses.
  • Health and Age: The health and age of each spouse are also relevant factors. If one spouse has health issues that prevent them from working or earning income, the court may take this into account when dividing assets. Similarly, if there is a significant age difference between the spouses, it can impact the division, as the court may consider the ability of the older spouse to rebuild their financial resources post-divorce.
  • Custody of Children: If there are minor children involved, the court may factor in the custodial arrangements. This includes considering who will have primary custody and the associated financial responsibilities. The custodial parent may be awarded a larger share of community property to help provide for the children's needs.
  • Wasteful Dissipation: In cases where one spouse has engaged in wasteful dissipation of community assets (e.g., excessive spending or the misuse of marital funds for non-marital purposes), the court may adjust the division of property to compensate for the loss of those assets.
  • Pre-marital and Separate Property: The court will also distinguish between community property and separate property. Separate property is not subject to division. If one spouse brought significant separate property into the marriage, the court will make sure it remains with that spouse.
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    “The team there has always been exceptional and Duane’s advice spot on.”
    I’ve consulted with Duane L. Coker, and the Coker, Robb & Cannon, Family Lawyers team, on a couple occasions. The team there has always been exceptional and Duane’s advice spot on. Since my experience, I’ve referred several of my clients there for their family law matters and they’ve all reported that they’ve been well-served and that the customer service they’ve received from the staff has been top notch!
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    First off I must say that this law firm saved me at least six months of a headache and so much money in the end. Tyler Livingston was such a pivotal part in helping me sell my deceased mother's property. We had to probate a will within a three week period and he put in the extra time and effort to ensure the success of our trial. The professionalism, the care and concern, not to mention the wanting to help someone with their family problems. If I ever have another family concern or worry I know the first person I am going to call. I cannot thank him enough for what he has done to help.
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    Mr. Pax did an excellent job with my divorce from the consult to final disposition. He made the process easier than I expected, since I was moving during the divorce process. He always had time to answer questions and set appropriate expectations. He and the staff worked around my sometimes odd schedule to get things done. I found everyone I interacted with to be friendly, professional and courteous. I would recommend them to anyone else needing a divorce attorney.
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    “Thank you Shelby & Rachel!”

    When I first contacted this firm, I was unsure. I was unsure on many things. I had a set of unique circumstances where I needed to seek a change for the safety of my son but due to something that is somewhat new territory. Shelby was upfront w/ me about both the positive & the negative possible outcomes but let me tell you – Shelby (and Rachel) fought for us.

    There was NOT one moment in time that I felt ignored, dismissed or unimportant; Moreover, I have severe, high anxiety & rather than punish me for it, Shelby & Rachel were understanding, comforting, logical & proactive EVERY STEP of the way. It was like I showed up, threw everything I had on a table while being a sobbing mess – they looked at every piece, held my hand & told me it would be okay. The entire system is long & draining but when we got to our trial date, Shelby was ON FIRE. My faith in him never waivered but that day in court, when we were finally through, I could’ve flown. Shelby (of course w/ the help of his right hand, Rachel!) was absolutely in his element & he stood up for us in all the ways my spirit needed to protect my son. I have shed more tears than I will EVER admit during the entire process but even during my madness, Shelby & Rachel were kind, uplifting & our WARRIORS in the courtroom.

    When I did my phone set up for a consultation, I told them I needed someone aggressive. When you first talk with them, they are so sweet! You’ll think: okay, these are not aggressive or mean people – BUT when the time comes, you can bet your bottom dollar they GO TO WORK. I cannot thank Shelby & Rachel enough for the things they’ve helped my son & I with. They have kept my son SAFE!!!! There aren’t enough descriptive words in our vocabulary to accurately portray what they mean to me. If you want a damn good team – YOU WANT THEM. Thank you Shelby & Rachel! Dax & I love yall!!

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    “cannot thank you enough”

    I’m not sure what your family law needs are, but I am sure that Coker, Robb & Cannon can help you. And if you’re looking for a divorce lawyer that won’t add to the stress and anxiety of the situation, then definitely go with Shelby Hart, I couldn’t be more grateful for how he helped me.

    I reached out online, and they got back to me the same day. I think it was Rachel that reached out and interviewed me and after discussing my situation she paired me with Shelby, who was also a new parent, and that was amazing! I don’t know if this is standard practice, but it should be. It should also be mentioned that Rachel worked with me throughout the process: on my case as a paralegal, to help me schedule time and figure out documents, and she was incredibly kind, patient and thoughtful in every interaction.

    Shelby was invaluable, in that he not only made me feel less stressed out about getting divorced, he also gave me advice on what the different outcomes would be depending on the path I chose. He helped me negotiate a decree that would not only be in the best interest of my child and myself, but one that would stand up in court. His advice kept me grounded, and he tailored his approach to my now ex-husband perfectly. That may not seem important on the surface, but when you are living with the person you are divorcing, it makes a huge difference in your day-to-day life and interactions with that person.

    I was fully divorced within 3 months of contacting Coker, Rob & Cannon, and I plan on using them for my will and any other family law needs I may have in the future. Shelby, sincerely, I appreciate everything you did and cannot thank you enough.

    - Aekta A.

What is Community Property?

Community property is all property acquired by either spouse during the marriage, with the exception of gifts and inheritances. This includes not only real estate and other tangible assets but also intangible assets such as income, retirement benefits, and business interests. It also includes debts, which are also divided between the spouses.

Community property includes:

  • Income earned by either spouse during the marriage
  • Retirement benefits earned during the marriage
  • Business interests acquired during the marriage
  • Real estate and other assets acquired during the marriage
  • Debts incurred during the marriage

Community property is subject to a 50/50 split in a divorce. However, there are exceptions to this rule, and it is important to have a skilled property division lawyer in Fort Worth on your side to help you protect your interests.

What is Separate Property?

Separate property is property that is owned by one spouse and is not subject to division in a divorce. This includes property that was owned by one spouse before the marriage, as well as property that was acquired by one spouse during the marriage by gift or inheritance. It also includes property that was acquired by one spouse during the marriage using separate funds.

Separate property includes:

  • Property owned by one spouse before the marriage
  • Property acquired by one spouse during the marriage by gift or inheritance
  • Property acquired by one spouse during the marriage using separate funds

Separate property is not subject to division in a divorce. However, it is important to have a skilled property division lawyer in Fort Worth on your side to help you prove that certain property is separate property and is not subject to division.

Why Choose Coker, Robb & Cannon, Family Lawyers?

  • Video Consultations & Meetings Available
  • Voted Best Family Law Firm & Best Law Firm in Denton County
  • Working Hard to Achieve the Best Results Possible
  • Deeply Committed to Listening & Helping You

How Can a Property Division Lawyer in Fort Worth Help?

A property division lawyer in Fort Worth can help you protect your interests in a divorce. At Coker, Robb & Cannon, Family Lawyers, we understand how important it is to you to protect your assets, and we are committed to helping you do so.

Our team can help you identify all of the property that is subject to division and help you prove that certain property is separate property and is not subject to division. We can also help you negotiate a property settlement with your spouse that protects your interests. If a settlement cannot be reached, we can represent you in court and fight for a fair division of the property.

Contact us today at (940) 293-2313 for more information about our experienced and personalized legal services.

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