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Beginning Your Texas Divorce Process

Beginning the Texas Divorce Process with a Divorce Petition

If you have come to the very difficult realization that your marriage is no longer sustainable and that you are ready to begin the next chapter of your life independently, you are likely at a loss regarding how to begin. The first step in every Texas divorce is to file a divorce petition, and understanding exactly what this entails can help you move forward with the confidence and commitment you will need. If you are facing a divorce, it is in your best interest to obtain the professional legal services of an experienced Central Texas divorce attorney today.

Your Divorce Petition

Filing your divorce petition in your Central Texas county makes your quest for a divorce official. Your petition, in essence, tells the family law court that you are prepared to legally end your marriage. Once filed, your spouse must be served with the divorce petition, which lets him or her know that you are moving forward with divorce proceedings.

What the Petition Entails

Before filing a divorce petition in Texas, there are some administrative issues to take into consideration, including that one of you must have resided in Texas for at least six months prior to filing. Generally, your petition will include specific information related to your marriage and impending divorce:

  • Each of your full names

  • Your home address

  • The location and date of your wedding

  • The names of your shared children

  • Your reason for seeking a divorce

Obviously, the final attribute – your reason for seeking a divorce – is likely to be complicated. The fact is, however, that the vast majority of divorces in Texas are no-fault divorces based on insupportability, which is also known as irreconcilable differences.

Temporary Court Orders

Filing for divorce can have significant consequences in your life, and many people find it necessary to ask the court for specific temporary orders to help carry them through until the divorce is finalized. Temporary orders can address a variety of issues in the interim:

  • Monetary issues, including spousal maintenance and child support

  • Whom the children will reside with and the child visitation schedule

  • Who will remain in the family home (if you separate during the divorce process)

  • Who will be responsible for paying specific bills and for handling other financial responsibilities

If your request for temporary orders is approved by the court, the orders will go into immediate effect and will remain in effect until your divorce is finalized.

If You Are Ready to Begin the Divorce Process, Consult with an Experienced Central Texas Divorce Attorney Today

Divorce is complicated at best, and because your divorce petition will set the stage for your divorce proceedings, you want to begin on solid ground. Attorney Brett H. Pritchard at The Law Office of Brett H. Pritchard in Central Texas is here to help guide your case toward its most positive resolution. Mr. Pritchard has the experience, dedication, and compassion to help you, so please contact or call us at (254) 220-4225 today.