Everyone in Texas has heard at least one crazy divorce story. Sometimes, when a marriage dissolves, the process is as passionate and emotional as the courtship phase of the relationship. Divorces are complex. They require dividing assets and liabilities, and they sometimes involve determining child custody. When the parties disagree, divorces can become a nightmare of legal fees and long, drawn-out court proceedings. Luckily, there’s a better way.
The basics of divorce
Under Texas law, divorce takes time. There’s a period of at least 60 days from filing until a divorce becomes final. However, that two-month minimum is not typical. The average divorce in Texas takes between six months and one year to be complete. In part, this is because the trial process takes so long.
Understanding uncontested divorce
An uncontested divorce in Texas skips the trial and takes much less time. The process for this type of divorce is simple. The couple must agree on key issues. For example, everyone must agree not to pursue alimony. They also must agree on the reason for the divorce. Finally, Texas does not allow this option when there are minor children involved.
If the couple meets the conditions, they can proceed with an uncontested divorce. They sign an agreement and present it to the judge. The judge will review the agreement. If they find that it’s reasonable and fair, they will sign off on the divorce. If both spouses want to dissolve a marriage, they can save time and money by following the uncontested route.
It’s still a good idea to talk to a lawyer when considering divorce. They may help people understand how to properly prepare the necessary forms and file them. They may also be willing to review any agreement before it’s presented to a judge for approval.