It’s no secret that the divorce rate in the United States is high. In fact, according to recent statistics, more than half of all marriages end in divorce. If you’re considering filing for divorce, it’s important to understand the process and what to expect.
The Jimenez Law Firm helps clients as they navigate the difficult waters of divorce. Our experienced divorce attorneys are well-versed in Texas divorce laws. Hiring a divorce lawyer is one of the best things you can do to ensure that the divorce settlement is fair. If you have children, an attorney is your best option for protecting your child’s best interests.
Divorce gives you a lot to think about and we want to help clear the water so you can make the decision that is best for you and your family.
What Are the Grounds for Divorce in Texas?
In Texas, most divorces fall into the no-fault divorce category. However, in some instances, the divorcing couple will choose to list specific grounds for the dissolution of marriage. This can include:
- Cruelty, and more.
The most common ground for divorce in Texas is that the marriage has become “insupportable.” This means that the spouses have grown so apart that they can no longer live together. Under this option, not one single person is more to blame than another for the divorce. This lack of finger-pointing is one of the biggest reasons that it’s the most common ground for divorce in the state.
In order to file for divorce in Texas, you must be a resident of the state for at least six months and a resident of the county where you file for divorce. You must also provide the grounds for divorce.
To begin the divorce process, one spouse must file a petition for divorce with the court. Once the petition has been filed, it must be served on the other spouse, or the other spouse must agree to a waiver of service. Then, once the other spouse receives the divorce papers, they have around 20 days to file their response.
If both spouses agree on each term of the divorce, they can sign an agreement and submit it to the court for approval. If there is no agreement, however, then the case will go through mediation. If an agreement still cannot be reached then the divorce case will go to trial where a judge will make decisions about property division, child custody, child support, spousal support, and more.
What Are the Effects of a Divorce on Your Life?
A divorce can have a number of negative effects on your life, including financial instability, emotional stress, and changes in your relationships with your children. It’s important to be prepared for these changes and to seek help if you need it.
Having a strong support system of friends, families, or even coworkers can help make the journey easier. It’s also important to understand that there’s nothing wrong with seeking professional help. Going through counseling is a great option to help you work out the feelings you’re experiencing while also learning how to form better bonds with your children, family members, and friends.
It’s also beneficial to have a strong, trustworthy legal team at your side. No one gets married expecting to get divorced. But, if you find yourself in this situation, it’s important to understand the process and what you can expect. The Jimenez Law Firm is here to help you through every step of your divorce. We will make sure that your rights are protected and that you receive a fair settlement.
How Long Does the Divorce Process Take in Texas?
The divorce process usually takes between four and six months in Texas. However, it can take longer if there are disputes over child custody or property division. It can also take longer if one of the parties is trying to hide assets, be untruthful, or be generally uncooperative.
If you’re looking for a quick divorce, then the best thing you can do is to do your best to reach a fair settlement as quickly as possible. This will save you both money and time in the long run. However, don’t rush into the divorce and agree to things just to get it over with. You shouldn’t sacrifice yourself for the sake of finishing the divorce process early. Speak with your attorney about the things that matter most to you and they will do their best to get the results you’re hoping for.
What is Involved in the Finalization of a Texas Divorce?
In order to finalize a divorce in Texas, you must attend a hearing where the judge will ask you some questions about your marriage and why you’re seeking a divorce. You will also need to submit an agreement outlining how you will divide your property and custody of your children (if applicable). If both parties agree to the terms of the agreement, the judge will sign it and it will be final. If one party does not agree to the terms, the case will go to trial. Going to trial can add time and expense to the process and in the end, the judge may not rule the way you hoped they would. Whenever possible, it’s best to reach an agreement through mediation.
How to Deal with Post-Divorce Issues Such as Child Custody, Child Support, and Alimony
Once the judge has signed off on the divorce, changing child custody or support is no easy task. Modifications of orders are complex and often emotional. There are certain requirements that must be met, and these cases aren’t generally reviewed soon after divorce without a solid reason.
That being said, life does throw a curveball once in a while and you may find yourself in a situation where adjustments need to be made. If you are in a position where you need to alter the court orders for child custody, child support, or spousal support then reach out to a qualified attorney. They’ll help guide you through the process toward the resolution you seek.
Seek Help If You’re Considering Going Through a Divorce in Texas
If you’re considering or going through a divorce in Texas, there are a number of resources available to help you. These can include books, websites, and support groups. Most important of all is a good divorce lawyer. Your attorney will be able to guide you through the divorce proceedings and provide you with applicable resources as needed.
The Jimenez Law Firm team understands how difficult and complex getting divorced can be. We help you by handling the legal aspect of divorce so you’re better able to focus on yourself, your children, and moving forward with your life. Our kind, caring attorneys will fight aggressively for your rights and the rights of your children while you focus on healing.
Call The Jimenez Law Firm today at (214) 513-0125 or contact us online for more information about the divorce process and how we can help you.