You and your spouse have agreed that you want a divorce, and the two of you have even agreed on how you want the settlement and the parenting plan to look. Neither of you want a lawsuit, and the low cost and speedy outcome of a Texas uncontested divorce is appealing. We at Fabio & Merrill often provide legal advice and assistance to couples who want to save money and time by choosing this route.
The agreement you and your spouse have come to is not set in stone until the judge finalizes it. What happens if you get five months down the road and discover that you made a mistake during negotiations? Unfortunately, nothing happens; you have a court order that makes everything in the document legal. There is no going back.
Hiring a divorce attorney is not synonymous with a courtroom battle. In fact, having that neutral person who speaks the language of marriage dissolution is tantamount to hiring an interpreter who makes sure you do not misunderstand an important sentence or clause in the contract ending your relationship with your spouse.
You may want to have an attorney draw up the agreement. Or, you could bring an agreement to the attorney to have it reviewed for mistakes. You do not have to accept terms you do not want just because you want to keep legal costs low. If there are any points that you are not comfortable with, an attorney may be able to provide negotiation or mediation services to help you and your spouse keep your uncontested divorce from descending into litigation.
More information about the benefits and process of filing for an uncontested divorce in Texas is available on our webpage.