Going through a divorce can be a highly emotional time, and the process itself may seem complex and confusing given the paperwork and timelines, service guidelines, and other factors that must be taken care of. Without an understanding of the process, and someone to advocate for your best interests and those of any children involved, it can also be a highly negative experience that has long-term consequences for your life. Working with a local Keller divorce attorney takes a great majority of the process out of your hands so you can focus on other concerns.
The Keller divorce attorneys from Mims Ballew Hollingsworth are available to support you. With an experienced divorce attorney from MBW by your side, you’ll have the sense of safety and security that everything will be drafted and filed properly that you need during this trying time to be able to focus on your own concerns. Read on to learn more about the process of filing for and moving through a divorce in Texas, and don’t hesitate to connect with us for more information.
Another question we often hear from prospective clients is whether or not there must be a fault to file for divorce. In some states where there is a fault-based divorce system, there may be some necessary prerequisites to divorce such as abandonment, a felony conviction, or adultery. While in the modern world the necessity of a prerequisite often just requires additional paperwork and explanation, in Texas this is not the case.
Texas is a no-fault divorce state, which means that the parties can simply state that the marriage is no longer supportable, or meets the requirements of “insupportability”, with no additional grounds necessary. However, a fault-based divorce may be filed for reasons such as those explored above like felony conviction or adultery, abandonment, and cruelty as well.
Separating from your spouse often requires a variety of aspects of your joint lives to be taken into account. Key elements to consider in your divorce are:
The ease and speed at which your divorce is processed will depend upon whether you and your ex-spouse agree upon these and other important decisions concerning the separation of property, rights, and responsibilities. If you have an uncontested divorce, that means both parties have come to an agreement independent of the court. This means that court involvement is minimized, and your ability to get on with your life as quickly as possible is supported.
Contested divorces may require court intervention or alternative dispute resolution options like mediation or arbitration. Your Keller divorce lawyer will help advise you on what the best options are given your unique preferences and concerns. Once you have determined your ideal outcome, it is time to begin the process.
Prior to considering filing for divorce in Texas, there is a prerequisite question to ask: do I qualify to file for divorce in Texas? In order to qualify to file for divorce, you must have been a resident of Texas for a minimum of 6 months and will file in your county of residency, so long as you have lived there for a minimum of 90 days. If you moved to Texas 1 year ago but moved to Tarrant County just 2 months ago, an additional 30 days may be necessary before you can file.
Filing for divorce begins with identifying which county you live in. If you are in Keller, your county is Tarrant, and your divorce begins with a properly drafted filing being submitted to the Tarrant County Clerk.
There is a 60-day waiting period between the filing of a divorce petition, and the finalizing of it. However, divorces in Texas often take between 6 months to 1 year to resolve. The complexity of the issues and whether or not you and your former spouse agree upon key elements in the divorce will influence how long it takes.
Working with a Keller divorce attorney is especially helpful during this stage of the divorce, as the outcome of negotiations, or court decisions will impact your life in the long term. Negotiating a settlement out of court keeps a divorce uncontested, and the also maintains the privacy of your personal relationship by keeping the courts out of it.
Determining the best option for you in your divorce requires careful consideration of the facts involved, how Texas divorce law applies, and your desired outcome. The best way to support an ideal outcome is by working with an experienced local divorce lawyer.
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