Once you have decided that filing for divorce is the best option for you and your spouse, the process can seem complex and overwhelming. However, it does not have to be stressful or complicated when you have the legal support and direction of an experienced Texas divorce lawyer.

The following is a general outline of the steps to be taken while filing for divorce, but it is always best to consult with a family law attorney to discuss the unique aspects of your case.

Obtain Legal Representation

If you have not already done so, it is wise to consult with an experienced divorce lawyer such as Deborah L.Thompson, Attorney at Law before beginning the divorce process. Attorney Thompson will guide you through the process, determine any issues you may face, and work to ensure your best interests are protected.

File Original Petition for Divorce

The first document needing to be filed is the Original Petition for Divorce. The petition requires information including names of the parties, children, jurisdiction (ensuring you and/or your spouse have lived in the county for 90 days and Texas for 6 months prior to filing), dates of marriage and separation, reason for divorce, family information, property, legal notice instructions, and request for divorce.

Uncontested Divorce

If you and your spouse can accept the terms of your divorce without the need of mediation and/or trial, you may be able to file for uncontested divorce. By either signing a Waiver of Citation/Answer or not responding to your petition, your spouse agrees to the divorce terms. The court simply needs to approve the divorce.

Temporary Divorce Orders

If the divorce is contested, the process will continue. The court may now issue temporary divorce orders outlining requirements for child support, spousal support, and child custody through the end of the divorce. These are binding orders and breaking them may result in a fine or imprisonment.

Discovery

In the discovery phase, all the information about the parties involved and the marriage is gathered. Stages such as disclosure, interrogatories, admissions of fact, request for production, and depositions may all be a part of the discovery phase. Deborah L.Thompson, Attorney at Law can guide you through this process and ensure that everything is in order.

Divorce Mediation

In an attempt to prevent the need for a trial, divorce mediation will take place between you, your spouse, your divorce lawyers, and a mediator—a lawyer which does not represent either party. The mediation is designed to help you resolve conflicts and determine an agreement that meet the needs of everyone involved.

Divorce Court

Once a specific period of time has passed since filing, a trial date is set and a judge will hear both sides of the case. After examining all evidence, the judge will make his final divorce decree which will state the determination of property division, debt division, assets and business protection, child custody and support, and spousal support. Once both parties and the judge have signed the decree, your divorce will be official.

Contact Our Houston, Texas Divorce Lawyer

If you are thinking of filing for divorce, contact our experienced Texas family law attorney Deborah L.Thompson, Attorney at Law. She has over 13 years of experience representing the best interests of those seeking a divorce from their spouse. For skilled legal representation from our Houston, Texas divorce lawyer, contact Deborah L.Thompson, Attorney at Law.

Call 713-532-6272 today to schedule a consultation to discuss your family law situation!