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How Long Does A Divorce Take?

On Behalf of | Feb 22, 2017 | Divorce |

One of the biggest fears that people have about divorce is that they will get caught up in a stressful and costly legal battle that goes on for years. In reality, such legal battles are rare. Here is some information about divorce timelines in Texas:

There Is A 60 Day Waiting Period

Texas has a 60 day waiting period that begins when the Original Petition For Divorce is filed. The divorce can only be finalized once that period elapses. In other words, divorce will take a minimum of 61 days in Texas. Beyond that, the exact duration of the divorce will depend primarily on the number of issues in dispute.

Disputes Extend Divorces

An uncontested divorce is one in which both spouses have agreed on all of the issues, from property division to child custody and visitation. These cases are often able to move through the system quickly, with the divorce being finalized in little more than 60 days.

A contested divorce is one in which there is one or more issue that still needs to be resolved. The time it takes to resolve these disputes depends a great deal on each spouse’s willingness to work toward an agreement. If an agreement can be reached through negotiation or by using a form of alternative dispute resolution like mediation, it can accelerate the divorce process. If an agreement cannot be reached and the case must go to trial, it can add time onto the process.

How An Experienced Attorney Can Make A Difference

Most people recognize that the right attorney can mean the difference between a satisfactory outcome and an unsatisfactory outcome, but an experienced attorney can also play a role in how fast a positive outcome is reached.

An experienced attorney will take the time to investigate as necessary, making sure that all relevant details come to light in a timely manner, so as to avoid delays. An attorney will take the time to understand your needs and communicate them clearly, so there is no time lost due to misunderstandings with opposing counsel. An attorney will educate you on your options and potential outcomes in the event the case were to go to trial, so you can make informed decisions along the way.

Furthermore, an attorney who is experienced in the local courts and all aspects of divorce will know how to avoid common pitfalls and find efficiencies to help you reach your preferred outcome as soon as possible.