Divorce

Divorce can be one of the most overwhelming experiences in a person’s life.  Couples are faced with practical challenges like dividing one household into tow, adapting to new schedules and responsibilities, and finding ways to meet unanticipated expenses.   Pair this with the emotional issues that can affect one’s ability to think clearly, and the situation can seem overwhelming and unmanageable.  But knowledge is power and the more information you have, the better you will be able to make informed decisions.

The Basics

In Texas, to file an Original Petition for Divorce, you must first meet the residency requirements.  At least one party must have resided in the state for 6 months and in the County you’ll be filing in for at least 90 days.  Once the Petition is filed, there is a mandatory 60 day waiting period before a Final Decree of Divorce can be presented to a Judge to be finalized.

How do we get from A to Z?

Every marital relationship is unique and the divorce process should reflect the personalities of the parties.  For parties who are able to work together there are many options including utilizing an informal settlement process, mediation, or using a collaborative law approach. For feuding parties, a more traditional litigation approach is usually necessary. Our office specializes in creating a custom tailored approach for every client.

How much will a divorce cost?

This is the million dollar question!  And the answer is that it’s entirely up to you.  If you and your spouse are able to work together through the process and you timely provide your attorney with the information they need, the cost can be minimal.  If you or your spouse create a high conflict situation, you will see the cost begin to ratchet up.  Our office is happy to discuss the financial impact of a divorce with you and create a workable fee schedule to minimize the stress and strain that accompanies this significant life change.

Do you need an attorney?

Likely, yes.  Do you HAVE to have an attorney? No.

There are many moving pieces in a divorce, which require the specialization of an attorney who regularly practices in the area of family law.  However, it is understandable that divorce can be financially prohibitive.  As such, we have seen an increasing number of people who are choosing to do their own divorces.  Our office is happy to offer guidance regarding the divorce process if you would like to utilize an attorney, but do not wish to be represented.