Divorce takes a lot of emotional energy, and it can also take a serious toll on your finances and your time. Some divorces can be settled relatively quickly. In Texas, an uncontested divorce can be finalized in as little as two months. However, a divorce can also drag on for months or even years. Here are five things that could slow down the process:

  1. A contested divorce. There are two types of divorce: contested and uncontested. In a contested divorce, both parties do not agree to the terms of the divorce or the divorce itself. This means that more negotiations and legal processes will be necessary for the divorce to move forward, and can add to the time it takes.  
  2. Finding the right attorney. The first step in getting divorced is to determine whether you want to file for divorce yourself or if you want to hire an attorney to handle the process. If you decide to hire an attorney and it takes a while to find the right one, or you switch attorneys during the course of the divorce, this can elongate the process.  
  3. Paperwork. There are several different kinds of paperwork involved in a divorce. These include things like court forms, financial statements, and property division documents. Each state requires its own set of paperwork, so make sure you check with your local courthouse before filing anything. An attorney can help you file the correct paperwork and make sure it is submitted on time so your divorce does not drag out unnecessarily.  
  4. Child custody arrangements. In order to make sure that both parties agree on who gets custody of the kids, you should try to come up with an agreement before filing for divorce. However, if you cannot reach an agreement, then you should hire a family law attorney to help you negotiate a settlement. 
  5. Lack of communication. It goes without saying that poor communication or a lack of communication on the part of you, your spouse, your attorney, or your spouse’s attorney can all increase the length of time your divorce takes. It is important to come to the table willing to negotiate, respond to calls and emails in a timely manner, and be as clear and thorough as possible in your communication during the divorce process. 

This blog does not constitute legal advice. If you have questions about filing for divorce in Texas or how long a divorce takes in Texas, contact Sandoval Family Law today.