Texas Divorce Basics

If you are going through a divorce, you likely have questions. In fact, most divorcing couples really have no idea what to expect as they navigate the Texas divorce process. By familiarizing yourself with the basics, it can help make your divorce feel more manageable. Just as every marriage is unique, so is every divorce. There are, however, some basic questions that apply to nearly every divorce. If you have made the difficult decision that your marriage is no longer sustainable, consult with an experienced Houston divorce attorney today.

How Long Does it take to get a divorce in Texas?

The length of time it takes to get a Texas divorce will likely hinge on a variety of factors:

  • Children – If you have children, determining child custody arrangements is obviously your first priority. If you and your divorcing spouse can’t come to an agreement on this critical topic, it could mean that your case will proceed to court, which takes additional time and additional expense. This is not to mention the fact that, instead of you deciding what is best for your children, the court will do so.
  • High Assets – If yours is a high asset divorce, it is that much more likely that your case will proceed to court and will require more time to reach a conclusion. When a couple has significant marital property, they are often more difficult to disentangle, to value, and to divide in a manner that is “just and right,” which is the court’s goal.
  • A Business – If the divorce involves a family business, it’s likely to slow down the process. Businesses can be difficult to value, and there is often more to them than a simple dollar amount. For instance, if both of you derive your incomes from the business and if both of you have poured your life’s blood into building the business, it can be very difficult to walk away from.
  • Level of Acrimony – If you and your spouse are in harmony on nearly every issue that needs to be resolved in your divorce, consider yourself very lucky. If your divorce is uncontested, you’ll save time, money, and heartache. The more acrimonious the divorce, the lengthier the legal process is likely to be.

Many factors can affect how long it takes to finalize a Texas divorce, but it’s important to recognize that after filing, you’ll have to wait at least 60 days before your divorce can be finalized.

Do We Both Need to Hire Attorneys?

While no one is required to have an attorney to obtain a divorce, there are good reasons for doing so:

  • Your Financial Future – Your divorce sets the course for you and your children’s financial future, and this means that you need to get it right. Even if you and your spouse are in complete harmony about every issue that emanates from your divorce, an experienced divorce attorney will help ensure that you consider the terms from every angle. There’s a lot to take in, so don’t sell yourself short simply because you want to expedite the matter or save money.
  • Arrangements Regarding Your Children – As mentioned, the arrangements regarding your children are your primary concern. Having your child support payments and your visitation schedule recognized by the court helps ensure that these arrangements will remain appropriately in effect. Further, when it comes to arrangements regarding your children, there are a lot of details to consider, including health insurance, medical co-payments, and out-of-pocket expenses; tax deductions; and much more.

How Do I Begin the Divorce Process?

If you have come to the difficult determination that you need to proceed with a divorce, you’re probably overwhelmed. The divorce process, however, always begins with officially filing your intention with the court. Conversely, if your spouse files, you will be served with papers regarding his or her intention. From here, you will make determinations regarding the issues that are important to you. Finally, even if you and your divorcing spouse are basically in agreement, it’s a good idea to consult with a skilled Houston divorce lawyer who will help ensure that your best interests are protected throughout the divorce process.

How Can I Minimize My Legal Expenses?

You’re facing a divorce and an unsure financial future, so you naturally want to minimize your legal expenses. That is completely understandable. Recognizing that your legal costs are an investment in your financial future, however, can go a long way toward justifying their expense. If your divorce is uncontested, you are ahead of the game, and your legal costs will be minimized. Having an experienced Houston divorce attorney go over the arrangements that you and your soon-to-be ex have agreed upon requires minimal legal expense but will provide you with the peace of mind that comes from knowing that you have carefully considered the legal ramifications of said arrangements.

Divorce is innately stressful, and it can drive otherwise reasonable people to do extremely unreasonable things. This means that, even though you and your divorcing spouse may be in utter agreement at the beginning of the divorce process, you could still face hiccups along the way. Recognizing this fact can help. If, over the course of your divorce, things begin to go south, having an experienced Houston divorce attorney on your side will help keep things moving smoothly in the right direction.

If You Are Facing a Divorce, Consult with an Experienced Houston Divorce Attorney Today

Even if your divorce is uncontested and you and your spouse are not arguing about the particulars, it is still a good idea to consult with a skilled divorce attorney. The division of your marital property and your child visitation arrangements are far too important not to obtain professional legal guidance from the outset. The dedicated legal team at The Rudisel Law Firm, P.C., in Houston, has the experience, skill, and commitment to help guide your case toward its most positive resolution. For a free consultation, please don’t hesitate to contact or call us at 713-781-7775 today.