No matter how common it is, getting a divorce is difficult, stressful and
hard to get over. As a result, you want to get through it as quickly as
possible, so one question we often get is, “How long will my divorce take?”
Well, Texas requires a minimum 60-day waiting period before any divorce
can be finalized, meaning the shortest time it could take to finalize
a divorce is 61 days.
In other states, level of cooperation between spouses plays a
major role in how long a divorce takes. However, Texas is a “no fault divorce
state,” meaning that a spouse does not have to prove the other spouse
has done anything wrong to obtain a divorce. You cannot be hold in a marriage
simply because your spouse refuses to sign the petition or participate
in the divorce. The court will enter the divorce even if they refuse.
If parties are not in agreement, the time needed to finalize the divorce
may be longer, but it all depends on party conduct, attorneys, and court
In certain situations, such as domestic violence cases, the 60-day rule
can be bypassed. On average, however, the time period is more likely to
run between 90 to 120 days in an uncontested divorce; as the result of
crowded courts and the time it takes counsel to draft the necessary legal
documents and obtain the agreement of both parties regarding the final
divorce petition. Other complex issues, such as restraining orders, psychological
evaluations (in custody cases), trial and appeal, division of marital
assets and child custody can make the divorce process last anywhere from
several months to a few years to complete.
If you need more information about how long your divorce may take, contact our
Houston divorce lawyers at Law Office of Kathryn Marteeny immediately. We understand how difficult
this process is and we can provide the caring and effective advocacy you need.
Call (713) 936-2300 or contact us online
to get in touch!