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Divorce

How Long Does a Divorce Take?


In Texas, a divorce is not finalized for at least sixty days after a petition is filed. It usually takes about six months to one year or longer for a divorce to be final, depending on the degree of conflict and complexity of the issues. Book a complimentary consultation today to get all of your questions answered. Call (817) 377-1077 now!




What are the Grounds for Divorce?


The law in Texas allows for “no fault” divorce, meaning the spouse filing for divorce is not required to prove any fault, wrong doing, or marital misconduct on the part of the other spouse. However, a judge may consider fault as a factor when determining a fair division of the parties’ marital property. Book a complimentary consultation today to get all of your questions answered. Call (817) 377-1077 now!




What are the Residency Requirements for Divorce?


For a divorce to be filed in Texas, one of the spouses must have been a resident of the state for a continuous six-month period. Additionally, one of the spouses has to have been a resident of the county in which the divorce is filed for at least ninety days. Book a complimentary consultation today to get all of your questions answered. Call (817) 377-1077 now!




How Is Property Divided?


To start, the court presumes that all property acquired or earned by either spouse during their marriage is community property, owned equally by the spouses. The court partitions community property between the spouses in a “just and right manner”. Usually, that means a fifty-fifty split. However, factors like unequal earning power and fault in the marital relationship can affect the division of property. To establish separate property, you must prove it with “clear and convincing evidence”. Separate property includes property acquired by one spouse through gift or inheritance.

Legal separation is not recognized in Texas. Even when you are living apart from your spouse, the property you or your spouse acquires is considered community property, regardless of the way it is titled.

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Will I Receive Child Support?


Child Support is decided on a case by case basis. Call Mark Lane Law Offices at 817-377-1077 today for more information.




When is a Divorce finalized?


When a divorce settlement is agreed upon, one spouse is required to appear in front of the judge before the divorce is finalized. This allows the judge to review the terms of the agreement before making the divorce official. A judge can refuse to sign off due to an unfair agreement or a child’s interest is not properly accounted for, but these instances or rare.

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