For countless married couples all over the U.S., legal separation is their
best option for when they are experiencing marital troubles but do not
want to yet commit to a divorce. These separations allow the couple valuable
space to re-evaluate their relationship while providing both of them legal
protections until they decide on their final status. These protections
help preserve each spouse's financial well-being, while addressing
any parenting responsibilities in the interim.
Unfortunately for Texans, the state of Texas does not recognize legal separation.
This means that many couples believe that they must retain their full
married status when faced with marital troubles and only have the choice
to divorce if there is an urgent need to legally protect their interests.
The truth, however, is that there are several legal options for Texas
couples to pursue if they would like emulate a legally separated status.
Suit Affecting Parent-Child Relationship (SAPCR)
Suits Affecting Parent-Child Relationships are often used for by couples
who are waiting for their divorce to be finalized and want to establish
child custody, child support, visitation, and other parenting matters
relevant to spouses who no longer live in the same residence. It is possible,
in some cases to file these suits and establish these terms for a temporary
period of time while a couple sorts out their marital issues—even
if a divorce does not eventually occur.
Partition and Exchange Agreements
Partition and Exchange Agreements are used to legally recognize ownership
of certain shared property while a couple is still married. So, for instance,
a husband can concede that a car that was shared by both spouses is legally
his wife’s property. These agreements basically allow a couple to
cooperatively divide property themselves.
It should be noted, however, that these agreements are difficult to alter.
If the couple moves on to a divorce, the court is likely to keep the assets
divided as is as because, legally, it has already been established as
Are facing marital trouble and want to look out for you and your children's
best interests? If so, then we invite you to contact us at
Audu Law Firm today. Attorney Lillian Audu is a knowledgeable, compassionate, and assertive
Sugar Land family law attorney that always keeps makes meeting the legal
goals of her clients a number one priority. Both in and outside the courtroom,
her clients can rest assured that the best possible outcome to their legal
matter is being diligently pursued.
Retain a dedicated legal advocate during this uncertain time.
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