What You May Not Know About A Texas Divorce
No two divorces are exactly alike, and there are very few certainties when it comes to divorce. If you are considering ending your marriage, it is helpful to understand the basics, but you should also seek the guidance of an experienced divorce attorney. Divorce is always difficult, and matters related to the dissolution of a marriage have a way of getting very complicated very quickly. Your rights are too important to leave to chance. To schedule a free consultation with a Central Texas divorce lawyer, call our office today at (254) 220-4225.
You Cannot Get a Legal Separation in Texas
In Texas, there is no legal separation, and this can be confusing. Many married couples believe the act of not living together will eventually render them legally separated, but this simply is not the case. The State of Texas does not recognize legal separation, which means that while you and your spouse live apart, your separate financial situations (both the assets and the debts) will actually continue to accrue as part of your marital property. Even if you and/or your spouse only obtain assets and debts in your own names, you will still both possess legal ownership of those assets and be legally responsible for those debts. In Texas, you remain married and your finances remain intertwined until you obtain a legal divorce.
A Texas Divorce Takes Time
If you come to the difficult decision that you need a divorce, you probably want the process to be swift. A Texas divorce, however, takes time. First of all, after the Petition for Divorce is filed, at least 60 days must elapse before any divorce can be finalized. The divorce process itself often takes about six months to a full year. Further, if your divorce is complicated by contested financial or child-custody issues, it can take a good deal longer. It is important to have realistic expectations when it comes to the timeline of your divorce.
Do Not Navigate Your Divorce Alone
Divorce is complicated, and emotions run high. Your divorce settlement, however, is likely to have significant financial repercussions far into your future. Do not rush headlong into a settlement for the sake of expediency. The financial future of you and your children is too important to leave to chance. An experienced Central Texas divorce attorney will help you navigate the often-rocky terrain of divorce and will help protect your rights in the process.