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DIVORCE IN TEXAS

FILING FOR DIVORCE

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Divorce is difficult, complicated, and stressful, but the right guidance can make the process easier.

If you are unsure about how to file for a divorce, then you have come to the right place. When you are considering divorce, the first step is to petition for a divorce, which starts the divorce lawsuit. In the petition, you list certain details about the dates of marriage, separation, reason for separation and details about your children. You must also consider whether or not you want a restraining order. From a temporary orders hearing and pre-trial scheduling order, to custody evaluation and mediation, divorces in Texas can be complicated, especially with Texas community property, and are required to meet certain eligibility requirements before they can be finalized.  Our attorneys can help you navigate this challenging life event with the right kind of guidance, support and experience. 

Our team recognizes that the divorce process is wrought with stress.  We work on your behalf to help protect the relationship between you and your children, as well as minimize the effects of divorce on children.  We guide our clients through the difficult process of dissolution of marriage, division of marital property, establishing a child custody agreement and more.  

We are aware of the emotional impact that family and divorce issues have on each and every client we represent.  We approach each dispute with the sensitivity or aggressiveness that it requires.  We are committed to supporting you in all legal matters, whether you are filing for divorce, filing for child custody, in need of mediation, or require child support collection assistance. We are committed to ensuring a quick and timely solution for you and your family in any legal matter.

“I really feel like National Adoption Day is one of those rare occasions when we, as lawyers, can go down to the family law courthouse and provide the most wonderful service to these families. Bringing adoptive parents and foster children together and into permanent homes is among the most rewarding things I get to do.  All of the members of my firm participate in this special event, which means we actually shut down the office for the morning on National Adoption Day.” 

–Attorney Leslie Barrows

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“Family law is necessary but not something you ever want to have to deal with. Leslie and her staff consistently provided to me not only top notch legal services and followed up with me throughout the divorce process, it was done with compassion, care, patience, and understanding. I am thankful to have that level of support through a difficult time. Throughout the process, they went above and beyond.”

Frequently asked questions about the divorce process in Texas:

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What are grounds for divorce?

There are seven different grounds for divorce—or specific circumstances—under which a divorce may be granted by the court:

  1. Insupportability – This is the legal term for a no-fault divorce. The marriage has become unbearable due to personality conflicts between spouses. Texas is a no-fault state, meaning that if only one spouse wants the divorce, the divorce can be granted.
  2. Cruelty – One spouse is guilty of cruelty that renders further living together impossible.
  3. Adultery – One spouse has been unfaithful.
  4. Conviction of a felony – One spouse has been convicted of a felony AND has been imprisoned for at least one year.
  5. Abandonment – One spouse left the other spouse without the intention to return and stayed away for at least one year.
  6. Living apart – Spouses have lived apart without cohabitation for at least three years.
  7. Confinement in a mental hospital – One spouse has been confined in a mental hospital for at least three years AND suffers from a mental disorder with the potential for relapse.
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How long does it take to get divorced?

In Texas, the shortest possible time a divorce can take is 60 days. This is because by law, you must wait at least 60 days from when you file your petition until the divorce can be finalized. 

But in reality, most divorces take longer than this. There are many potential complicating factors that can lengthen the proceedings, including child custody issues and the need to come to an agreement about how to allocate your assets. 

In some cases, the divorcing parties are unable to agree on all or some of these issues, and a trial is necessary. A trial will significantly increase the time it takes to finalize your divorce. In Tarrant County, it typically takes six to 18 months to get a trial setting.

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What is the residency requirement?

For a District Court in the county where you live to have jurisdiction to hear your divorce lawsuit you must first be a resident of the State of Texas for at least six months and a resident of your county where you are filing for at least 90 days.

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Steps to take for Divorce in Texas Podcast

“…And so there are all kinds of different reasons and the main reason for divorce, generally is that just basically – you guys aren’t getting along and you wish to move on and not be with your spouse anymore…”  

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For more information about getting a divorce in Texas, contact Attorney Leslie Barrows through our contact form or by calling 817-481-1583.

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