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Aggressive Texas Lawyer Fights for Clients in Community Property Disputes

Tenacious Tyler law firm protects the rights of divorcing spouses

Texas is a community property state, which means that divorcing couples are required to split the value of their marital property equally. It does not matter which party acquired the asset or earned the money to do so. At the Law Office of Milissa C. Barrick, P.C. in Tyler, I provide the legal guidance divorcing clients need to protect their rights and secure a fair property settlement. With vast experience, I am a strong advocate for clients throughout Texas during negotiations and in court.

Persistent litigator advises on questions regarding marital property

At the Law Office of Milissa C. Barrick, P.C., I give clients comprehensive information about the division of assets and debts in a divorce. In this jurisdiction, community property is designed to encompass almost any type of asset that is accumulated by a married couple. Items that can be considered as community property include:

  • Houses, cars, boats, clothing, furniture
  • Copyrights, patents, trademarks
  • Bank accounts, stocks, life insurance that has cash value
  • Businesses

However, there are items that are not considered community property for the purposes of division following a divorce. These may include:

  • Assets acquired before marriage: Community property law does not apply to inheritances and property acquired before the marriage and kept separate during the marriage — for example, funds from a trust that was left to you from your mother’s estate and that you kept in a separate bank account from your spouse or domestic partner throughout the entire duration of the marriage or partnership.
  • Items covered by prenuptial agreements: Couples with prenuptial agreements can avoid community property division by setting forth their own terms in writing before marrying or entering into a domestic partnership.
  • Mixed community property and separate property — commingling: It can be difficult to distinguish between community and separate property. The most common problem is with pension plans. If a pension plan or retirement account was started before the marriage and contributions continued to be made to it throughout the marriage or partnership, it can be difficult to divide. In this example, the contributions made before marriage might be considered separate property while the contributions made during the marriage are considered community property. I will explain how such gray areas are handled under Texas law.

At the Law Office of Milissa C. Barrick, P.C., I deliver strong counsel for valuation issues and asset classification. My firm asserts clients’ rights effectively no matter how complex or contentious the divorce might be.

Contact an aggressive Texas attorney for community property counsel

At the Law Office of Milissa C. Barrick, P.C., I make it my business to get you through this trying time as smoothly as possible. For help with community property division, call me at 903-533-0008 or contact me online for a consultation at my
Tyler office.

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  • Tyler Office
    100 E. Ferguson Street
    Suite 911
    Tyler, Texas 75702
    Phone: 903-533-0008