Understanding Texas Divorce
In Texas, there are two ways to file for divorce: no-fault and fault. No-fault divorce is often a simpler process. However, if you have valuable shared assets or children, it can be in your best interest to have grounds for filing.
At Warren Legal, I work to ensure that we always take steps that protect you and your future. This means I carefully assess your goals, the specifics of your marriage and its dissolution, and then work with you to create a plan.
Requirements For Texas Divorce
There are a few things to keep in mind before you file for divorce. Texas has some specific rules as to how, where and when to file. Here is a brief overview:
- You or your spouse must have lived in Texas for at least six months straight.
- You will need to file in the county where you live.
- You or your spouse must have lived in that county for at least 90 days.
As an attorney with extensive experience in Texas law and divorce, I can guide you through this process and ensure that you have all of the required paperwork that is filled out correctly and that all deadlines are met. You may also want to update your will, power of attorney and health care proxy if you have one during this time.
The Difference Between Fault And No-Fault Divorce In Texas
A no-fault divorce means that both spouses don’t feel that the other spouse did anything wrong; the marriage is just not going to work. In some marriages, however, the reason for the marriage ending is that one person did do something wrong or something that made it impossible to remain married.
Grounds for divorce in Texas include:
- Cheating (adultery)
- Abandonment for at least a year
- Abuse, violence or cruel treatment
- Being in prison for over a year
- Being in a mental hospital for more than three years
- Living apart for three or more years
These are the most common reasons people give as grounds for their divorce. Speak to an attorney if the reason for your divorce is not on this list. Judges do take the grounds for the divorce into consideration when deciding “who gets what” when dividing a couple’s assets. Violent behavior can also influence parenting time and custody.
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I offer professional legal guidance at a price that is financially feasible. I know how important it is to get things right the first time. As a seasoned family law attorney, I will make sure the process is as straightforward and smooth as possible. Call 972-474-8027 so that we can talk about your best next step. You can also reach me at the firm by sending me a contact email.