Be Informed about Texas Divorce and Its Components


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Updated on August 22, 2022

If you are facing a divorce in the State of Texas, it pays to be well informed about the divorce process. Every state does things a bit differently, and better understanding the rules and guidelines in Texas can help you move forward with renewed confidence.

For guidance through every step of the divorce process, contact an experienced Killeen divorce lawyer. He or she will be able to help you no matter what stage of divorce you find yourself working through.

Residency Requirements

Either you or your spouse must have lived in Texas for at least six months before filing for divorce. Further, one of you must have resided in the county in which you file for at least 90 days before you file.

Your Divorce Timeline

Divorce is a complicated legal process and a difficult transition that most divorcing couples want to speed along. However, your divorce will affect your financial future and determine your schedule with your children. Hence, it is imperative to take the time necessary to negotiate divorce terms that protect your rights.

The only time requirement is that your divorce cannot be finalized until 60 days after you file. There is a possibility that your divorce could be finalized in 60 days if you and your divorcing spouse are on the same page about all of the following elements of your divorce:

  • The division of your marital property

  • Your child custody arrangements

  • Child support

  • Alimony

If there is considerable distance between you on any one or more of these matters, your divorce will likely take considerably longer. Ultimately, your divorce cannot be finalized until you either agree to terms or the court intervenes on your behalf.

Contact a Killeen divorce attorney for help as you and your ex-spouse negotiate and make important decisions that will affect your post-divorce future.

The Division of Your Marital Property

Many divorces are complicated by the division of marital property, which is property that you and your spouse acquired during your marriage—regardless of whose name is attached. Generally, the property that you owned prior to marriage and kept separate throughout the marriage will remain your separate property.

In Texas, marital property is divided equitably in the event of a divorce, which means that the circumstances involved will be taken into careful consideration in the determination of a fair division of your property.

The Grounds for Your Divorce

Most Texas divorces are no-fault, which means that you do not have to state a reason for divorce—other than insupportability. This is not to say, however, that the court will not consider fault in determining equitability in your divorce terms. To learn more about grounds for divorce, read “What Are the Grounds for Divorce in Texas?

Look to an Experienced Killeen Divorce Lawyer for the Help You Need

Brett Pritchard at The Law Office of Brett H. Pritchard in Killeen, Texas, is an accomplished divorce lawyer with an impressive track record of successfully guiding cases like yours toward favorable resolutions.

Mr. Pritchard is on your side, so please do not hesitate to contact us online or call us at (254) 781-4222 for more information today.

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