What Assets Will I Receive in the Divorce?

Texas is a community property state, so what does this mean for your divorce?

Getting divorced in Texas? You may have a lot on your mind. You may have questions such as, what will happen with the children? Where will I live? What assets will I receive?

In a Texas divorce, asset division is not simple. Texas is one of nine community property states. What this means is that all property acquired during the marriage is presumed to be shared equally by both spouses — so each person effectively gets a 50/50 share.

When it comes to community property, it does not matter whose name is on the title or whose name is on the bank account. If your husband’s name is on the title of the car, you still own half of it under Texas law. The same goes for anything in your name — your spouse can get their fair share in a divorce.

However, this applies to marital property only. Separate property is not split in a divorce. Separate property applies to assets acquired before the marriage, as well as gifts from a friend or family member and inheritances.

What Does 50/50 Mean?

While Texas is a community property state, the courts have held that a “just and right” division of assets is not necessarily 50/50. The courts do not automatically divide everything in half. Instead, they will consider various factors such as:

In addition, the court will consider any prenuptial or postnuptial agreements in place. Texas courts will consider these legal documents to be valid if:

Contact a Pearland Divorce Attorney

No two divorces are the same. While Texas is a community property state, not everything may be split exactly 50/50. The court will ultimately decide what is fair based on various factors.

John Powell, III can protect your interests and help you move on from a divorce with less stress. Get started by scheduling a consultation with our office. Fill out the online form today.