Waco Divorce Lawyers
Going through a divorce can be one of the one most painful experiences in life. Ending your marriage with all that it involves can cause considerable stress and emotional turmoil. The strain and anxiety accompanying the process can make it difficult to reach rational decisions and agreements which can lead to bitter battles. Understanding Texas divorce law, how the law impacts your individual situation, and having the guidance of an experienced divorce lawyer can be invaluable in helping you navigate this challenging journey.
Hutson & Harris understands the unique needs of individuals facing the divorce process. Our team is here to provide you with the support system you need at this critical time. We treat all of our clients as the humans they are facing legal and personal obstacles. When you come to our firm, we start by making you feel comfortable, listening to your story, and providing the advice and guidance appropriate to your situation. Our Waco divorce attorneys bring compassion, thoughtfulness, and balanced counsel backed by decades of legal experience in matters that can have a profound effect on your life going forward.
Divorce in Texas
In any divorce, whether it is contested or uncontested, you and your spouse will have to come to an agreement on the issues relevant to your case.
These issues can include:
- Child custody and visitation. This can be one of the most stressful issues that calls for protecting parental rights while ensuring a child’s best interests are met.
- Child support. Parents are responsible for providing financial support to meet a child’s physical, medical, and educational needs.
- The division of marital property and debt. As a community property state, Texas courts must divide property as equally and fairly as possible.
- Spousal support/alimony. This support may or may not be granted based on the individual circumstances of the case.
You and your spouse can reach an agreement on one or all of the issues facing you, either on your own, through negotiation, mediation, or, where all else fails, through litigation in family court where a judge will decide the contested matters. If you and your spouse can come to terms on your own, these can be presented to the court for approval, making the process faster.
Texas Family Code provides a no-fault divorce option which is based on “insupportability.” This is defined by the law as a “discord or conflict of personalities that destroys the legitimate ends of the marital relationship and prevents any reasonable expectation of reconciliation.” In this type of divorce, you do not have to prove a type of fault or misconduct on the part of your spouse. If you and your spouse are in agreement on the settlement of all your issues, this type of divorce can proceed without court litigation. However, even in a no-fault divorce, contested matters can arise that may lengthen and complicate the process and lead to court intervention.
Texas also provides fault-based grounds for divorce, which include cruelty, adultery, conviction of a felony, abandonment, and confinement in a mental hospital. Couples who have lived separate and apart for a minimum of three years can also petition for and be granted a divorce.
Additional requirements for divorce include a 60-day waiting period after the divorce has been filed before it can be finalized. Residency requirements include at least one spouse being a Texas resident for at least six months as well as being a resident of the county in which the case is filed for 90 days prior to filing.
Reach out to Our Waco Divorce Lawyers Today
If you are ready to get started with your Texas divorce, we urge you to take advantage of the free consultation we offer in which you can discuss your situation with one of our experienced attorneys. Hutson & Harris is dedicated to providing you with the answers, guidance, and advocacy you need to make this transition towards the next chapter in your life with confidence and security.
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