Frequently Asked Questions About Divorce

Divorce in Texas

Having a divorce in Texas can have specific laws and procedures that must be followed. Divorcing in Texas can be complex, so it is essential to understand the steps involved and what to expect. On this page, we will provide an overview of the divorce process in Texas and answer some frequently asked questions about divorce in the Lone Star State.

How Does It Work In Texas?

In Texas, there are two types of divorces – contested and uncontested. A contested divorce is when the couple cannot agree on the terms of the divorce. An uncontested divorce is when the couple agrees on all the divorce terms. To file for divorce in Texas, one spouse must have been a state resident for at least six months and lived in the county where the divorce is filed for at least 90 days.

Collaboration is highly the safest option when filing a divorce. The stress is mainly uplifted for both parties and even children that could be involved. We offer both services depending on your situation. See our Family Law or Collaborative Law information today!

The Costs

The average cost of a divorce in Texas is around $2,500. However, this number can vary depending on the case's complexity and how much litigation is required.

Suppose you and your spouse are in a collaborative effort. In that case, the costs could be minimal, so it's good to find a middle ground of discussion before filing a divorce. But, if the situation isn't seeing eye to eye for both, the costs may be higher since more legal action will have to be involved.

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The Process

The process of getting a divorce in Texas begins with one spouse filing a divorce petition. The petition must include information about how long the couple has been married, whether they have any children together, and what type of property they own. After the petition is filed, both spouses must attend a preliminary hearing where a judge will decide if the case should move forward. If it does, both spouses must participate in mediation to resolve any disputes. If mediation fails, the case will go to trial.

What happens after papers are filed for a divorce in Texas?

The first steps of the divorce process in Texas are the Original Petition for Divorce and the Citation. The person filing for divorce is the petitioner, while the other spouse is the respondent. The Original Petition for Divorce must be filed in the county where either spouse resides. Once the papers are filed for a divorce in Texas, both spouses must attend the hearing.

Divorce Stages:

Most divorce cases have a different approach, but the usual process goes into these 6 stages:

  1. File the petition for divorce in the county where either spouse resides.
  2. Attend a preliminary hearing where a judge will decide if the case should move forward.
  3. If the case moves forward, attend mediation to try to resolve any disputes.
  4. If mediation fails, the case will go to trial.
  5. After the trial, the judge will issue a final divorce decree.
  6. Each spouse will be responsible for their attorney's fees and costs.
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How Long Does Divorce Take In Texas?

There are two grounds for divorce in Texas – fault and no-fault. With a fault divorce, one spouse must allege that the other spouse is at fault for the breakup of the marriage. Texas's most common grounds for fault divorces are adultery, abandonment, cruelty, and felony conviction. With a no-fault divorce, neither spouse is required to allege that the other is at fault for the breakup of the marriage. The most common ground for a no-fault divorce in Texas is "insupportability," which means that the marriage has become insupportable due to irreconcilable differences.

What is a Wife Entitled To In A Divorce?

Generally speaking, a wife is entitled to an equitable division of the marital estate. This means that she is typically entitled to an amount of property and money that is fair and reasonable given the circumstances of the marriage. A wife may also be entitled to spousal support (alimony) from her husband.

What is Recommended To Have Prepared Before Filing A Divorce?

It is always a good idea to speak with an attorney before filing for divorce. An attorney can help you understand the process and what to expect. Additionally, you should gather financial documents such as tax returns, bank statements, and pay stubs. These documents will help determine child support, spousal support, and the division of assets. If you need more legal guidance, contact us today and schedule a free consultation for your situation!

In Conclusion...

The divorce process in Texas can be complex, so it is important to understand all the steps involved. If you have any additional questions, please contact the Law Offices of Lisa Thiele. We offer free consultations and would happily answer any of your questions.