Many couples seeking a divorce have questions about how long the process will take. The answer varies from state to state. In Texas, a divorce can not be finalized until at least 60 days from the day the petition is filed. However, in many cases, it takes much longer.
Divorce can be expensive, emotionally draining, and often complicated. It can also be stressful for the spouses and children involved in the process. The length of a divorce depends on many factors. Here are just a few:
Contested vs. uncontested divorce
Contested divorces typically take longer than uncontested divorces to finalize because there are often more items to negotiate. In a contested divorce, both parties do not agree to the terms of the divorce or to the divorce itself. An uncontested divorce is one where both parties agree to the terms of the divorce.
To finalize a divorce, both parties must eventually be able to agree on the terms of the divorce, which means they need to talk things out. The more willing both parties are to negotiate and keep things amicable, the faster the divorce process can proceed.
Child custody and support
Couples with children must come to arrangements regarding child custody and child support as part of the divorce process. A couple without children may be able to finalize their divorce faster than a couple who needs to arrange for the wellbeing of their offspring.
Generally, the more assets a couple obtains during their marriage, the more complicated the divorce process will be. Shared property, such as houses, and shared debt will need to be divided during the process of getting divorced in Texas.
If you’re going through a divorce, you’ll need to find a lawyer who will help you navigate the legal system. It’s important to choose an attorney who understands how to handle sensitive issues such as child custody and visitation. When choosing a lawyer, look for one who has experience handling family law cases. Ask friends and relatives for recommendations, and check online reviews.
This blog does not constitute legal advice. For more information about how long getting divorced takes in Texas, reach out to Sandoval Family Law today.