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No divorce is easy. You may be in the middle of complete upheaval. The stakes are as high as your emotions.

If you’re going through a divorce, you need an attorney like David Chilek, who has trial and mediation experience in East Texas family courts.

As your attorney, David will work tirelessly to ensure that you get the best possible outcome for your case. As an experienced family lawyer, he also understands your situation and can help you begin the road to recovery from your divorce.

If you need a divorce attorney in Tyler, TX, contact our offices to schedule a consultation to discuss your case.

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Considerations During a Divorce

Divorces can be complex, and their complexity can draw the process out. Depending on what you and your spouse share, you can expect your final divorce to split or establish:

  • Child Custody

    If you have children with your spouse, you’ll need to develop a custody schedule that works for the two of you. These can be quite detailed, including pick-up and drop-off times, holiday schedules, and more.

  • Child Support

    Depending on your custody arrangement, you or your spouse may be required to pay child support to the other parent. This is income-based, and there are state minimums that you must pay, no matter what.

  • Mutual Property

    The property that you and your spouse acquired during the marriage needs to be divided. This includes the family home, any vehicles, furniture, and anything else acquired throughout the marriage.

  • Debts/Investments

    Debts and investments, including 401k and other retirement accounts, must be equitably split between the two parties. The division will be determined during mediation or a trial, then be included as part of the final decree.

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Divorce Process

  • Petition for Divorce

    The first step in a divorce is to submit a petition to the district clerk. This will open your case and begin the divorce proces

  • Temporary Orders

    Depending on the nature of your marriage and divorce, you may need to file temporary orders. This can be about living arrangements, child custody, child support, and other aspects of your life before the final divorce.

  • Discovery

    The discovery process is a formal exchange of information from each party of the divorce. David will draw up an inventory of property, develop lines of inquiry, and otherwise begin preparing for mediation.

  • Mediation

    Every Smith County divorce is required to go to mediation. This is where both parties and their lawyers sit down and try to hammer out a divorce agreement without going to court. In most cases, resolving in mediation is preferable to trial.

  • Trial

    If going to trial is unavoidable, it can draw out the divorce process. All of that information also becomes publicly available. David Chilek is an experienced litigator ready to go to trial if necessary.

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Honest, Effective Divorce Advocacy. Schedule Today.

David Chilek is an experienced family law attorney that’s dedicated to helping his clients improve their chances of a successful outcome to their divorce case. He works tirelessly to position his client for success.

Contact our offices today to schedule a consultation and to speak with David about your case.