Texas Divorce Process
What to expect with Divorce Attorney Lindsey J. Wilson
We have broken down the divorce process into ten steps to give you a legal perspective of what happens when you decide to divorce. Of course every divorce is different. As a result, some steps may last longer or be more complex in some cases than in others. If you have questions about the divorce process, please reach out to us and schedule a consultation. We’ll be glad to answer your questions.
Going Through Divorce
Divorce is a life-changing decision. It is important to understand the steps involved so you can make the right choices. Your attorney can answer your questions, provide sound legal advice and guide you through the process. Couples with children will need to reach agreements regarding child custody, support and visitation. Property division also involves vital decision-making, whether you have a simple or complex marital estate. Many issues need to be addressed prior to the conclusion of the case.
Steps of the Texas Divorce Process
Step 1 — Preparing to File for Divorce
Meeting with a lawyer and deciding on grounds for divorce.
During your meeting with the attorney, you will discuss and decide on grounds for divorce. You will also address other matters such as property division. If you have children, then you must make provisions for child custody, visitation and child support. In some cases, spousal support may also be an issue.
This meeting allows you to address these various legal areas and is also an opportunity to explain your goals for divorce and your priorities. The lawyer also goes over any actions you need to take, such as gathering information, inventorying assets and copying important documents.
Step 2 — Filing for Divorce
The attorney will file a divorce petition on your behalf. To be eligible to file for a Texas divorce, you must have lived in Texas for at least six months. You also must file in the county where you reside and must have lived there for at least 90 days.
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Step 3 — Serving the Divorce Papers to Your Spouse
Notice of divorce.
Your attorney will handle serving divorce papers to your spouse. The papers contain your proposed grounds for divorce and provisions for child custody, support, visitation, property division and in some cases, alimony.
Step 4 — Responding to the Divorce Petition
After serving the papers, your spouse has 60 days to respond and can agree to all the provisions or request changes. If your spouse fails to respond, the marriage dissolution can be finalized without their consent.
Step 5 — Procuring Temporary Divorce Orders
Not every case requires temporary orders. However, the court may agree to temporary divorce orders that instruct how to deal with child custody and management of assets prior to finalizing the divorce. Temporary orders can also address safety, if it is an issue.
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