“How long do I have to wait to get a divorce?” A lot of spouses ask us that question. Divorce can be painful and complicated. If you’re filing for a divorce, then you probably want the process to be as fast as possible so you can move on with your life. Once you file for divorce, there’s a minimum waiting period and several other factors that can delay the process. Here’s what you need to know about waiting for a divorce in Texas.
The Waiting Period
After you file, you’ll wait a minimum of 60 days before finalization. That’s the minimum wait time, according to Texas law. However, some factors can make the waiting period longer. Texas does allow for no-fault divorces, meaning neither spouse’s actions “caused” the divorce. These no-fault divorces tend to happen more quickly than fault-based divorces, especially when both spouses agree on the terms.
If you haven’t lived in Texas for a long time, you may have to wait to file. You can get a divorce in Texas, even if you weren’t married here. However, there are residency requirements. Before you can file in Texas, either you or your spouse must have lived in the state for six months and your county for 90 days.
Are there other factors that can impact your wait time? As stated above, the legal process happens fastest in no-fault divorces when both parties are willing to cooperate. However, there are a few other factors that can impact your waiting period. For example, if you have children with your spouse, figuring out a custody and child support arrangement can make the process take longer than if the two of you didn’t have children together. Property division and debt allocation are two other factors that can lengthen the legal process. If you and your spouse have significant debts and assets, your divorce may take longer.
Are You Seeking a Divorce?
Do you want to file for a divorce? At Moran Law Firm, we know that divorce can get messy and complicated. We’re here to make the process as simple and fair as possible. We’ll fight aggressively for your rights and put our law experience to work for you. Do you want counsel from an experienced, knowledgeable attorney? We’re here to help. Contact the Moran Law Firm team today.