If you and your spouse are about to embark on the divorce process, you
are likely wondering how long it will take before you can get the ball
rolling. Every state has its own rules regarding waiting periods and divorce,
including Texas. Given that no two situations are alike, however, the
time involved can sometimes vary. In the state of Texas, all divorces
are subject to a 60-day waiting period, beginning on the date the petition
for divorce was filed with the court. If you, your spouse, and your respective
attorneys are able to hash out a mutually agreeable settlement within
that 60-day period, it is possible for termination to be granted on the 61st day of the petition filing.
Finalizing Your Divorce in Texas
In Texas, there are two ways in which a divorce can be granted. First,
it can be done if both spouses are able to agree on a settlement and the
court approves it, or a judge can make a final decision on the case. Generally,
when a trial is necessary, spouses must wait for the trial to be scheduled,
which can sometimes take a considerable amount of time.
Can it Be Expedited?
No one wants their divorce to take longer than it has to. However, the
only way to really speed up the process is for both spouses to cooperate
and be open toward compromising on a settlement. The agreement you and
your spouse reach must address key issues, including the division of property,
debt owed, alimony, child support, and any child custody or visitation
matters. Of course, this is generally not easy for most couples to accomplish
on their own, so this is often done with the assistance of an experienced mediator.
Family Law Attorney in Houston
If you and your spouse are moving forward with a divorce, you will need
to have a skilled legal advocate on your side to ensure your interests
are protected and the process goes smoothly. At the Law Office of Kathryn
Marteeny in Houston, our
divorce attorneys have over 30 years of combined legal experience and are dedicated
to assisting clients navigate the divorce process with the compassion
Get started on your case today and
reach out to our law office at (713) 936-2300 to schedule a consultation with one
of our knowledgeable attorneys.