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Dispelling Common Myths about Houston Divorce

There are so many myths involving divorce it’s almost impossible to keep track. But some of the same ones come up time and time again. Dispelling these myths before your divorce even starts can help save you from bundles of disappointment.

Listed below are some of the most common myths about divorce:

  • I should have “full custody” of the kids. In Texas, the closest thing to “full custody” is called conservatorship. This means you make major decisions regarding the child and the child will reside with you. However, it is very rare for the other parent to be denied visitation rights, and generally this only happens when there have been cases of extreme misconduct.
  • I bought it in my name, so it’s mine! Even though something has been purchased in your name, it does not necessarily make it entirely yours. If it was bought while you were married, 50 percent ownership may still belong to your spouse.
  • Because he or she cheated on me, I should get everything. Although infidelity is grounds for divorce in Texas, it may have little bearing on property division and other concerns during the divorce.
  • If he or she is not paying child support, he or she can’t see the kids. Just because the child support is late or isn’t being paid at all, it doesn’t mean you can deny your ex the right to see the children.

A knowledgeable family law attorney in Houston can help you answer questions about your specific situation and develop reasonable expectations to have during your divorce. Contact an experienced divorce attorney today for a consultation.

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Robert Reid McInvale is an experienced family law attorney with a comprehensive practice in Houston. He provides dedicated and strong advocacy for his clients, helping them with all the issues surrounding their divorce, separation, child custody, and other marriage and family matters. Attorney McInvale—Reid to clients and friends—seemed destined for a law career. Born while his father was attending Emory University Law School, Reid grew up in Manchester, GA. His father was the city attorney for many years, as well as head of the Manchester Chamber of Commerce. It is in the family blood to become lawyers and help people get justice. U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice John Marshall is part of the McInvale family tree.

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