Texas Divorce Lawyer
Divorce is a process that ends a marriage and the legal responsibilities between a couple, with all of the duties, child issues and property divisions spelled out in the final divorce settlement.
The Divorce Process in Texas
If you live in Texas and want to file for divorce, you must be a resident of the state for six months and a resident of the county where you wish to file for divorce for 90 days prior to filing for divorce. Either party can obtain a divorce on a no-fault basis by stating that there are “irreconcilable differences” between the parties. As long as both parties are in agreement regarding the divorce, they can stipulate in writing that the marriage be terminated.
The legal process involves filing a petition for divorce with the appropriate court or family court in larger counties. The petition is then served on the other spouse who is given a set time to respond. If the case can be settled by an agreement between the spouses with regard to property, child custody and support, the divorce can be finalized without a trial. The parties will need to exchange all the information regarding their assets and liabilities to the other spouse or spouse’s attorney using the process called discovery. Only if the parties cannot agree on all the terms, will your lawyer set a trial date or the court can set a trial date. Often before trial, the parties are required to mediate the disputed issues. If mediation fails to iron out the differences, then the case goes to trial.
Grounds for Divorce
- Cruel treatment
- Felony conviction/incarceration
- Confinement to a mental hospital
- Living apart
Dissolving a marriage is far from a simple isolated event in one’s life. Divorce not only breaks the matrimonial ties between a couple, but also breaks up a family.
Couples without children can often move more quickly through the divorce process. On the other hand, reaching a divorce settlement frequently becomes a legal battle when parents have to reach an agreement on a new plan for the care and up-bringing of children or when the division of property includes significant assets or a closely held family business.
Whether you are contemplating divorce or have made a decision to end your marriage, it is important to consult an experienced family law attorney who can explain the legal and financial ramifications involved, and help you make informed decisions that will affect you and your children for years to come.
At the Law Office of Kathy Black, our focus is solely on family law. We handle civilian and military divorce cases and post-divorce issues for clients in Conroe, The Woodlands, Magnolia and surrounding towns in Montgomery County. Treating your private family matters with the utmost discretion, attorney Kathy Black offers trusted legal advice and guidance to resolve divisive marital conflicts. Call our law firm at (936) 537-2471 to arrange a consultation.
Texas family law attorney, Kathy Black, serves clients in Conroe, The Woodlands, Monroe and surrounding towns in Montgomery County