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If you are contemplating filing for divorce, then it would be in your best interests to speak with a qualified attorney about your options. We understand that divorce presents a lot of uncertainties and an unsatisfactory outcome can affect your relationships with your children (if any), and it can affect your financial wellbeing in more ways than one. Our goal is to alleviate the stress of divorce and use the legal system to help you achieve results that not only meet your expectations, but exceeds them.
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In order to get a divorce in Texas, one of the spouses must have lived in Texas for at least 6 months, and in the county where the divorce is filed for at least 90 days.
To begin the divorce process, a petition for divorce must be E-filed in the district clerk's office and the required fees must be paid. If you have any children, your divorce suit must address matters pertaining to child custody, visitation, and child support.
For a divorce to be granted, the petition for divorce must be on file for at least 60 days before the court can grant the divorce; however, the 60 day waiting period may be waived in certain cases involving family violence and protective orders. If you and your spouse are not in agreement, then the time it will take will depend on the court's schedule and the complexity of your case.
A divorce where the parties are not in agreement on some or all of the issues can take several months or up to a year if the case goes to trial. Common areas of conflict revolve around alimony, child custody, and property division; however, these contentious issues may be resolved through mediation.
The divorce is finalized once all property issues and child related issues are resolved and the judge signs an order called the Decree of Divorce.
By its nature, divorce can be a very stressful and emotional process. During this time of transition, it is critical that you be represented by a knowledgeable Killeen divorce attorney who will put your needs first.