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The Divorce Process

OVERVIEW OF THE DIVORCE PROCESS IN TEXAS

 

The Wilson Legal Group's divorce attorneys combines the talent and expertise of experienced litigators to aggressively represent you in your Divorce case.  We give each case the personal attention it deserves.  The following is an overview of some of the concerns our clients have about the divorce process in the state of Texas.

 

DIVORCE JURISDICTION

 

To file for and obtain a divorce in Texas, a person must be a resident of Texas for at least 6 months and a resident of the county for the pasts 90 days.  Jurisdiction over the other party must be obtained by either serving them legal process within the State of Texas or securing their voluntary consent to jurisdiction in Texas.  If a spouse's whereabouts are unknown, he or she may be served by publishing a notice in a local area newspaper.  A respondent in a divorce matter may be deemed to have submitted to jurisdiction in Texas if he or she engaged in sexual relations in the state which resulted in the conception of a child, or otherwise has sufficient contacts with the state.  The venue for the divorce action is in the county where either one of the parties resides.

 

NO FAULT DIVORCE

 

The fault of either party need not be proved in order to obtain a divorce.  All that is necessary is to show that the parties are incompatible.  The fault of a spouse leading to the breakdown of a marriage (such as infidelity, abuse, or substance abuse problems) may be relevant to a divorce action impacting child custody and final property division.

 

THE ORIGINAL DIVORCE PETITION

 

A divorce is commenced when a petition is filed by a party.  A petition must contain certain statutory language and contain information about any children of the marriage.  A filing fee must be paid at the time of filing the petition.

 

SERVICE OF PROCESS IN DIVORCE

 

In order for the respondent in a divorce case to be brought within the jurisdiction of the district courts of Texas, that person must be served with copies of the petition, temporary orders, and a summons requiring them to file a responsive pleading within a certain time period.  This is usually done by the county sheriff or an authorized process server.  The service cannot be made by one party serving the other.  The respondent may voluntarily consent to the jurisdiction of the court and waive service of process.  This is usually accomplished by the respondent signing a form that is filed with the court.  Once a respondent is served or has entered his or her appearance, the temporary orders take effect.

 

MANDATORY WAITING PERIOD FOR DIVORCE

 

 In Texas there is a 60 day "cooling off" period after filing for divorce.  Absent circumstances warranting an emergency divorce, a final decree of divorce cannot be granted until 60 days have passed since the filing of the petition.

 

DISCOVERY IN DIVORCE

 

During the cooling off period, the parties will often engage in "discovery".  Discovery is a process in which the two parties exchange information concerning the issues involved in the divorce.  The parties may submit written questions to each other, request the production of documents, and take each other's deposition.  Some cases require intensive discovery in which other witnesses are deposed, appraisals of property are obtained, homes and safe deposit boxes are inventoried, and records are subpoenaed. If a party refuses to respond to discovery requests, he or she may be sanctioned by the court.

 

DIVORCE TRIAL

 

Any issues which the parties cannot agree on will be tried to and decided by the court.  Each party may call witnesses and introduce exhibits to support his or her position.  The court will decide the dispute and make certain orders which will be contained in the decree of divorce.

 

 

Resources

Temporary Restraining Orders

Alternate Dispute Resolution

Child Custody & Visitation

Adoption

Pre-Nuptial Agreements

Post-Nuptial Agreements

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