Divorce Attorney Services in Woodlands and Huntsville, TX
Divorce is a common but trying process that involves making difficult decisions about dividing marital property, determining child custody, and outlining spousal support. At the law office of Andrew J. Bolton, Esq., we typically recommend proceeding with an uncontested divorce, if possible, to make the process simpler.
What is an uncontested divorce?
Uncontested divorces, or collaborative divorces, occur when both parties can come to an agreement on elements of the divorce, such as property division, child custody, and spousal support. If you and your spouse meet certain requirements for uncontested divorce, the process becomes far more straightforward than contested divorce, involving less stress and lower legal fees.
Eligibility for uncontested divorce
Different states have different eligibility requirements for uncontested divorce. In Texas, you and your spouse must have lived in Texas for at least six months prior to filing for divorce, must have lived in the county where you’re filing for divorce for at least three months, and must have agreed on all issues in your divorce. Additionally, if you don’t have any minor children together and don’t own property together, you may qualify for an expedited uncontested divorce.
Uncontested divorce process in Texas
The uncontested divorce process in Texas starts with filing a petition for divorce, along with a series of other divorce papers regarding your situation. Texas then requires a 60-day waiting period to complete a divorce. If all the paperwork has been filed correctly and a judge finds the divorce agreement reasonable, he or she will sign a final decree of divorce, completing the process.
Why you need a lawyer for uncontested divorce
Although the uncontested divorce process is far more straightforward and simple than a contested divorce process, it is still important to obtain help from a professional divorce attorney. The attorney will assist you with the completion of complicated forms and help ensure the divorce you’re agreeing to with your spouse fulfills your needs.
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