If you want to end your marriage, nothing can prevent it, even if your
spouse refuses to sign the divorce papers. Although an uncooperative spouse
can certainly complicate matters and create some delays, you can still
ultimately divorce your spouse and move forward with your life.
Getting Divorced When Your Spouse Won’t Cooperate
There are many reasons why a spouse may not want to sign divorce papers.
In some cases, a person may not be able to accept that the marriage is
over, or one spouse may be financially dependent on the other. However,
whatever the reason may be, no one can prevent a divorce as long as one
spouse wants out of the marriage.
If your spouse is being uncooperative, the first step you should take is
to contact a divorce attorney who can advise you of your options. In Texas,
a divorce cannot be finalized until after 60 days from the date of the
petition pass. After 60 days, if your spouse still refuses to sign, a
judge can decide your divorce and issue a judgment.
You can still take your divorce to trial even if your spouse refuses to
sign the divorce papers. During the litigation process, a judge will render
a decision on each key issue of your divorce, including the division of
property and assets, alimony, child custody, and child support. Essentially,
you can obtain a divorce decree without your spouse’s involvement,
which can be a relief for those whose spouse either refuses to participate
in the process or fails to respond to the petition.
Discuss Your Divorce Case with an Experienced Family Law Attorney Today!
Even if your spouse does not sign the
divorce papers, nothing can stop you from dissolving your marriage. At the Law
Office of Kathryn Marteeny, our
family law team is committed to helping clients end their marriage, regardless if
a spouse refuses to sign the papers or partake in the process. With more
than three decades of collective experience on our side, you can feel
confident in our ability to help you effectively navigate every step of
Reach out to our law office today at (713) 936-2300 to set up an initial case review with one of our
skilled family law attorneys to learn more about the services we provide
and how we can help you during this difficult time.