Texas Divorce FAQs
Family Law Attorney Answers Questions About Divorce in Collin County and Dallas County
Even if your marriage has been struggling for many years, a divorce can still take you by surprise. You may not know what to expect, and you will likely have many questions about the process. At the Law Office of Brian Bagley, we are available to guide you through your divorce and answer any questions you may have along the way. Here, we provide answers to some frequently asked questions about the Texas divorce process that you may find helpful as you prepare to end your marriage.
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If you need answers to your questions and representation for your divorce, contact our office at (972) 843-7158 today for a free consultation. We serve clients in Plano, Wylie, Sachse, Lucas, Murphy, Parker, and the surrounding areas throughout Collin County, Tarrant County, Dallas County, and Denton County.
Can I file for divorce in Texas?
You can file for divorce in Texas if you or your spouse has been a Texas resident for at least the past six months, or if one of you has been stationed for military service in Texas for the same time period. You will need to file suit in the county where you or your spouse has lived for the last 90 days. Since same-sex marriage is now legal in Texas, you can file for divorce if you are in a same-sex partnership and you meet these residency requirements.
Do I need to hire an attorney for my divorce?
Hiring an attorney has many benefits throughout the divorce process. Your lawyer can help you prepare for the divorce by ensuring that you understand your rights and that you have the documents and information you need to make good decisions. Your attorney will also represent you in negotiations with your spouse, or in court litigation if necessary, to help you protect your interests.
In most cases, Texas has a minimum waiting period of 60 days from the filing date before a divorce can be finalized. In the most simple, amicable divorce cases, you may be able to resolve all of the issues at hand within that time frame. However, the process will usually take at least a few months. Contested divorces with complicated disputes can last for close to a year or more.
Will I have to go to divorce court?
Texas offers several alternatives to divorce litigation, including negotiation through informal settlement conferences, mediation, and uncontested divorce for couples with no children and few assets. As such, you can often reach a resolution to your divorce with little court involvement. However, court litigation is much more likely in fault-based divorces, divorces with complex or contentious disagreements, and divorces involving domestic violence.
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