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Protecting You During a Contested Divorce

A contested divorce is one of the most difficult experiences an individual can go through. Property division, child support, child custody and spousal maintenance are only some of the issues on which you and your spouse may not agree. Regardless of your financial situation, Sugar Land divorce attorney Chikeersha Puvvada can help you navigate the emotionally and financially challenging process that is a contested divorce. Chikeersha will strive to find an amicable solution in the best interests of your family. However, if mediation and negotiation do not work, Chikeersha will tenaciously pursue your rights all the way to trial, if necessary.

"Mr. Puvvada was extremely knowledgeable in his field and guided me through my case as painlessly as possible. His calm and confident demeanor in court assured us a short trial. I could not recommend a lawyer more, and would recommend him to anyone."
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Contested Divorce FAQs

Where can I get a divorce?

To file for divorce in Texas, you must have lived in Texas for the past 6 months, and lived in the county where you plan to file for the past 90 days. These rules don't apply to military personal from Texas out of state on duty.

How long will my divorce take?

In Texas, a divorce cannot be granted until 60 days after the divorce suit is filed. However, that's the earliest a divorce can be granted. If the spouses aren't in agreement on how to end the marriage, then the divorce can take a lot longer. For example, if a trial is necessary, it ideally should take 7 to 12 months to get to trial, but sometimes it may take even longer.

How much will my divorce cost?

For an explanation on how much divorces cost, read our article How Much Your Divorce Will Cost.

What are the steps in the divorce case?

For an explanation of the steps in a divorce case, read our article A Divorce Case Step by Step.

How is property divided during a divorce?

Usually, if the parties reach a settlement agreement and don't go to trial, marital property is divided in whatever way the parties agreed. If the divorce does go through trial, Texas courts have the power to make a "just and right" division of all community property. What's "just and right" is determined by the court on a case by case basis. There are many factors the court can consider, including: fault in breakup, disparity of incomes, disparity of age, spouses' financial positions, spouses' health, children's needs, length of marriage and spouses' earning potential. Note, "just and right" division only extends to community property, and a court does not have the power to divide a spouse's separate property during divorce.

What is separate property?

Basically, separate property is any property owned or claimed before marriage. Separate property also includes property inherited or received as a gift during marriage. Finally, separate property also includes any recovery for personal injuries sustained during marriage, excluding recovery for loss of earning capacity.

What is community property?

Community property is any property acquired during marriage that is not separate property. All property is presumed to be community property unless proven otherwise.

Can I get alimony?

For an explanation of how alimony works in Texas, read our article No Alimony, Just Spousal Maintenance.

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Our Top Articles on Contested Divorce
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June 19, 2018

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In this article we discuss 10 tips that can help you be a good witness in a divorce case or a case affecting the parent-child relationship. Whether you are a party in a family law case, a friend of a party in a family law case or have been subpoenaed to testify, there are 10 rules of thumb to keep in mind when you are a witness.


Five Red Flags that Your Spouse is Preparing for Divorce
October 20, 2014

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In this article, I discuss five of the common red flags I've seen when a spouse is preparing to file for divorce.


Getting More Than Half
February 23, 2018

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In deciding whether to give one spouse more of the community estate than the other spouse, a Texas divorce court can consider many factors. In this article, we will explain what is and isn't party of the community estate, and then, we will review some of the factors courts can consider when awarding a disproportionate division of the community estate.


If you need help with a contested divorce, contact divorce attorney Chikeersha Puvvada at 832-317-6705 or online today to schedule a free 30 minute consultation. Consultations are available in-person, by telephone or by teleconference.

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