Divorce can be stressful and traumatic. If you have decided to initiate the proceedings, you need to first decide between a do-it-yourself divorce, and hiring an attorney. The latter can be a much better choice, as attorneys know family law in depth and can protect your rights and interests. It is also a common myth that hiring a divorce attorney in Galveston has to be expensive. Most attorneys charge by the hour and are very transparent. In this post, we are sharing more about things related to divorce in Texas.
Time to finalize the divorce
As in many states, Texas also has a waiting period, also called the ‘cooling-off’ period. From the date of filing the petition, you have to wait for at least 60 days, before you can get the divorce order. Usually, uncontested and no-fault divorces are finalized within months. If you have issues with your spouse on important matters, the time can be longer.
Distribution of assets
When it comes to community properties, Texas laws allow for ‘just and right division’, which may not be 50/50. Facts and circumstances surrounding a marriage are often complicated, and that kind of sets the tone for distribution of assets and liabilities. Income, qualification, and education of spouses are some of the things that the court may consider.
Alimony in Texas
Getting spousal support or alimony in Texas is possible, but doesn’t happen that frequently. For example – If a spouse is not expected to earn enough, or will not have enough property to cover for reasonable needs, the court may consider alimony. In Texas, courts encourage people to get back to work, provided they are capable and qualified.
Grounds for divorce
There are many grounds for divorce in Texas. If you and your spouse have differences that cannot be resolved, or there is no hope for reconciliation, you may file for divorce on ground of in-supportability. Other grounds include living apart (without cohabitation for three years at the least), confinement in a mental hospital, cruelty, abandonment, conviction of a felony and adultery.
Hiring a lawyer
One lawyer cannot represent two spouses in a divorce. While not necessary, you may want to consult an attorney. If your spouse has hired a lawyer, you should hire one anyway. Make sure that you find a lawyer with good reviews. Your lawyer will ensure that the paperwork is done right and your interests are protected.