Litigation

Litigation is a process whereby each litigant takes every negative trait of the other litigant and magnifies it and repeats it so often during the process that, if only one side were told, the judge or jury would unquestioningly believe that the other litigant was without one single redeeming trait and should be punished for every wrong, great and small, recited by the wounded litigant.

Unfortunately, there are always two sides of the story told to the judge or jury.  Sometimes, there are several sides told - by neighbors, soon-to-be-lost friends, extended family, even children of the marriage.  By the time modern-day juries, hardened by television and movie dramas, and judges, who listen to these tales 8 hours a day, 5 days a week, get to the end of the testimony, they are both fairly certain that no one has told the truth, for remember:

Truth, like beauty, is in the eye of the beholder!

However brutal and destructive the litigation process may be, you may find yourself drawn into it against your will.  It only takes one person to start a fight and unless you default (lie down and pretend as if this were not happening, fail to respond according to the Texas Rules of Civil Procedure and fail to defend yourself), you will be required to participate in a number of unfamiliar and seemingly unrelated, impersonal but invasive and pointless processes.  However, you cooperation in those processes is essential to your attorney’s preparation of the case and your potential success or failure, whatever that means to you in a litigation case.  Failure to cooperate or failure to cooperate fully can lead to monetary and other judicial sanctions against you.

The following resources are offered so that you can begin to familiarize yourself with the litigation process and begin to develop questions for your attorney.  Most have been developed by the American Bar Association, the State Bar of Texas or other acknowledged leaders in the field of Family Law in Texas.(These documents require Adobe Reader, a free program you can get by clicking here.

This web site is designed to assist you in acquiring the most basic information about the divorce process and its options.  No web site can fully prepare you for the process into which you are about to enter.  However, there is one website in the State of Texas which is the acknowledged leader in the provision of information about the divorce litigation process.  That is the web site of the firm Raggio & Raggio of Dallas, Texas at  http://www.raggiolaw.com/txart06.html

I commend this site to you wholeheartedly.  Raggio & Raggio is a nationally acclaimed family law firm, peopled by talented, diligent attorneys, who also happen to be great writers and speakers.  Rather than try to reinvent the wheel, I simply refer you to a site visited by over 7,000 people a month.  Though I have reproduced their index of articles, you will have to click on the link above to get to them.

UNDER THE BUTTON “ARTICLES ON DIVORCE AND FAMILY LAW”
  • How a Texas Divorce Case Works
  • Collaborative Divorce
  • 2005 Texas Legislative Changes
  • 2007 Legislative Changes
  • Top Ten Texas Comments on the Paul McCartney-Heather Mills Divorce
  • International Family Law
  • The U. S. Supreme Court Rules in Grandparent Access Case
  • Major Change in Child Custody Law in Interstate Cases
  • Texas Grounds for Divorce
  • Texas Divorce Residency and Time Requirements
  • Texas Marital Property Issues
  • Common Law Marriage
  • 2003 Legislative Changes
  • How to Handle Liabilities for You and Your Spouse and Your Children
  • Tracing Assets..... Excerpt from The Divorce Lawyers by Emily Couric
  • Texas Child Custody Issues
  • Texas Standard Possession Order
  • Texas Child Support Issues
  • Relocation Cases
  • The Unofficial Parents' Guide to the Dallas County Family Court System [Revised]
  • Dallas Divorce Courts' Mediation Policies
  • Mediation in Divorce Prevents Bloody Fights
  • Family Law Mediation: Pure Form is the Portend for the Future
  • The Psychological Divorce--excerpt from highly praised book
  • The Art of Negotiations
  • Family Mediation-Good for Clients, Good for Lawyers
  • Travel Planning with Children After September 11th
  • Texas Tornado: An Autobiography  of a Crusader for Women's Rights and Family Justice by Louise B. Raggio with Vivian Castleberry
  • Divorce, Remarriage...for the Older Client
  • Your Day in Court
  • Ten Divorce Tax Tips
  • Humor
Older Pages UNDER THE BUTTON “HOW A DIVORCE WORKS IN TEXAS”
  • ORIGINAL PETITION
  • TEMPORARY ORDERS
  • CHILD RELATED ISSUES
  • PARENTAL RELOCATION
  • DISCOVERY
  • SETTLEMENT OR TRIAL
  • COLLABORATIVE LAW
  • INCOME TAXES
  • ATTORNEY'S FEES
  • SPOUSAL SUPPORT
  • MARITAL LIABILITIES & DEBT
  • NAME CHANGE
  • SPECIAL INFORMATION ABOUT DALLAS, COLLIN, DENTON & TARRANT COUNTY CASES
  • OTHER ISSUES & MORE ARTICLES
  • TOP TEN TEXAS OPINES ON THE PAUL MCCARTNEY DIVORCE
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