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Understanding Property Division Laws In Texas

At MARVEL & WONG, PLLC in San Antonio, we know that property division can be a source of anxiety for many spouses going through a divorce. Uncertainty and misinformation about the law can make answering the question “Will I have the assets I need to be okay financially?” very difficult.

We help you ease your fears by educating you about the law and what to expect from the process. With our 100 years of combined experience in family law and respected reputation, you can trust that we have the talent and experience necessary to protect your interests.

Community Property Vs. Separate Property

Under Texas law, all property that you acquire during the marriage is community or marital property and is subject to equal division upon divorce. Property you owned prior to the marriage, purchased with money earned prior to the marriage or inherited is considered separate or nonmarital property. Separate property is not subject to division.

When you file for divorce, the court will presume that all property owned at the time of the divorce is part of the martial estate regardless of whose name is on the title, property deed or other ownership documents. You and your spouse have the burden of showing that the court should exclude certain property as separate.

Perhaps the most difficult part of the process is that separate property is not always an “all or nothing” determination. Separate property can be commingled with marital property. For example, you may open a retirement account prior to the marriage but contribute funds to it during the marriage. The value of separate property can also be enhanced by nonmonetary contributions. A common scenario involves a spouse who works at a family business.

Understanding complex estates, tracing ownership interest in commingled property and uncovering hidden assets are skills at which our attorneys excel.

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If you are considering divorce, we encourage you to contact us as soon as possible. We can advise you on the steps you need to take and the documentation we will need to help you protect your interests. We welcome you to call our office at 210-201-1630 or send us an email and schedule a free initial consultation with a lawyer.

What Our Clients Say


Ms. Marvel has assisted me regarding child support issues for the last 3 years. She is very knowledgeable in child support issues in Texas and also across state lines such as California. She came highly recommended to me by a fellow attorney, the highest compliment she can receive in my opinion. She is professional, responsive and gets the job done. Her staff is very helpful, returns calls and Karen and her staff are responsive to issues that arise. I highly recommend Karen Marvel to anyone seeking a family law attorney in Texas.
Karen Marvel is an excellent family lawyer, who presented at a legal conference I attended. I learned valuable information and tools from her that I now use to help my own clients. After the conference, I've called on her a few times when I needed her expertise in child support matters, and she was always willing to help. She is extremely well-respected in our legal community, and I highly recommend her services.
I recently hired Megan to represent me in my divorce. She was very easy to work with, responsive, and efficient. I was extremely impressed with her timeliness and was overall very pleased with her work. I would recommend her if looking for a divorce attorney...
I was very pleased with Megan's performance in court. She has been a blessing in our lives and single handedly changed our lives for the better . It was a very difficult case on my end and was brilliant with negotiations with OAG. I will always be grateful to Megan and wish the best of luck in future cases...
When I needed a lawyer I asked my coworkers for their recommendations. Three of my coworkers recommended Brandon Wong and they were very satisfied with his services. I contacted Brandon and he handled my divorce in a timely and efficient manner...
I have felt so important to Brandon since the day we first met. I had a million questions and worries, Brandon made me feel informed of all possibilities and confident in him.
Meeting you and having your professional and emotional help during the process of my divorce has definitely been invaluable. In the professional aspect, you are not only a brilliant attorney but you are reasonable, just, and fair. During the process of my divorce I found myself completely...
Brandon represented me in a child custody matter. He is professional, educated, informative and provided his services in an economical manner. He worked to obtain a settlement outside of the courtroom. When the case required a visit to court, his experience guided me through smoothly and ultimately delivered the decision in my favor...
Please don't hesitate to hire Brandon Wong. He genuinely cares about his clients. He protects his clients, he returns calls and e-mails, which is critical when you are in a situation where you need an attorney...
I would recommend Mr. Wong for his professional services. He was very attentive to my case, returning phone calls and emails before the end of every business day...
Brandon handled my divorce in a first class manner. He was always available to talk when I had questions or needed advice. He was a relentless lawyer and ensured that the settlement was fair and just...
I highly recommend Mr. Wong if you are looking for an honest and hardworking attorney who is more interested in properly representing his clients than making a quick dollar...
We received excellent legal help from Brandon Wong. Our family had a custody issue that had us spinning our wheels for a year due to the complexity. Brandon handled our case quickly and with heart. We felt genuinely cared for during the entire process and will continue to recommend him to anyone who needs legal help...
Brandon handled my divorce and made it easier than I could have imagined. He took care of everything, totally minimized the stress on me, and was extremely professional while remaining very approachable and compassionate...
Hired Mr. Wong to represent me on a child-support arrears enforcement case. Dad was ordered to pay child-support in 1991, and up until my daughter turned 18 years of age...

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Accolades & Achievements

Brandon, Karen, Megan Are Proud To Have Achieved The Following Legal Accolades for Exemplary Legal Service.

*Karen Marvel was recognized in Texas Monthly in 2008-2019 as a Texas Super Lawyer by Texas Super Lawyers (a Thomson Reuters service)

**Karen Marvel is Board Certified in Family Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization