How Do I Start the Divorce Process in Texas?

The divorce process is often a long and arduous one, but once you take the first step with an experienced The Woodlands, Texas divorce lawyer in your corner, you’ll be on your way to finalizing your divorce and moving on with your life. Read on and contact the Bolton Law Firm today to learn more about how you start the divorce process in Texas and how our firm can help you through it. Here are some of the questions you may have:

How can I start the divorce process?

Once you’ve determined you’re emotionally ready to begin your divorce, the first thing you should do is hire an attorney. You and your attorney will then file a petition for the dissolution of your marriage, which is also known as the original petition for divorce. You will then have to meet the residency requirements. To meet the residency requirements, you and/or your spouse must have lived in Texas for at least six months prior to filing. You will also have to file your petition in the county where you and/or your spouse have lived for the last 90 days. If you have questions regarding annulments visit our FAQ page.

Do I have to serve my spouse divorce papers?

You, specifically, will not have to serve your spouse divorce papers. Either you’ll get your spouse to sign a waiver of citation or we will have a process server serve your spouse the divorce papers. Your spouse must then respond within approximately 20 days. He or she may also file a counter-petition at this point and cite fault grounds.

Typically, courts in Texas won’t grant an original petition for divorce for at least 60 days after filing. This period is known as the waiting period, wherein you and your spouse can try to iron out the terms of your divorce, including those concerning child custody, child support, property distribution, and more. It’s paramount that you have a competent attorney in your corner during this period, as we can objectively look out for your best interests and ensure they are protected.

If you don’t work out divorce terms on your own during the initial 30 days, your divorce will enter litigation, meaning you have a legal obligation to begin exchanging documents and preparing for trial. Our firm will fight tirelessly for the outcome you deserve through each phase of the litigation process or any other family law matter you face.

Contact Our The Woodlands, Texas Firm

If you are looking for an expert Montgomery County divorce lawyer, Bolton Law is the right law firm for you. Bolton Law’s legal team handles all family law matters, including divorce, child custody, child support, spousal maintenance, and much more. Contact Bolton Law today to schedule your initial consultation.