Frequently Asked Questions About Divorce in Texas
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This depends on how long it takes for the spouses to reach an agreement on all terms of their divorce. Texas law states that a couple must wait a minimum of 60 days after filing for divorce for the divorce to be finalized. However, many divorces are not finalized this quickly. It is important not to rush through the process just to get it over with as soon as possible – remember, the terms of your divorce can have lasting implications on your future. It is critical that spouses take the time to ensure that everything from visitation rights to tax implications associated with property division are considered from every angle.
No. Texas is a no-fault state, which means that a spouse does not have to cite a specific reason for the divorce beyond “insupportability” (irreconcilable differences). However, depending on the circumstances, a Texas court may consider fault when making a final decision (such as adultery or cruelty).
Yes. In order to file for divorce in Texas, at least one of the spouses must have been a resident of the state for at least six consecutive months. Additionally, at least one of the spouses must have been a resident of the county where the divorce is filed for at least 90 days.
If you are considering a divorce, one of the first and most important things you can do is to select the right attorney to represent you. With so many lawyers to choose from, it can seem daunting to find the right one, but there are several things you can look at that will help you narrow down your options. Look for an attorney with experience. Look for a firm that solely practices divorce and family law matters rather than one that only handles these types of cases sporadically. Check online reviews to see what people are saying about the attorney and/or law firm. Check online lawyer directories such as Avvo for information on an attorney’s credentials, special awards and recognitions, and other accomplishments. Then, once you have found some potential candidates, schedule an initial case review to meet the attorney in person, discuss your needs, and learn more about how the attorney can benefit your case.