Filing for Divorce in Texas
Filing for divorce is a very difficult decision for most people. Once you have made the decision to file for divorce there are a number of steps you must take to initiate and later, complete the divorce proceedings. For help filing a divorce in the Dallas-Ft Worth area, contact the Law Office of Dale A. Burrows today!
File the Original Petition
You will need to file a Petition for Divorce with the District Clerk or in some Texas counties with the County Clerk. In the petition you must state grounds for divorce. Your grounds can include one or more of the following: insupportability, cruelty, adultery, conviction of a felony, abandonment, living apart and confinement to mental hospital. There are a number of additional points that must be addressed in the initial petition including any pre or post-nuptial agreements. After the petition has been processed it must be delivered to the other spouse, this is generally done by a Sheriff, Constable, or private process server. With the petition your spouse will receive a citation that explains a lawsuit has been filed, and denotes a limited number of days they have to respond.
Either spouse may request that the court issues certain orders between the time the original petition is filed and the divorce is final. These orders can include: custody, child support, spousal support and more. Temporary orders only remain in place until the divorce is finalized.
The discovery process is the period in a case when each side learns about the other’s case. Some common discovery methods are: requests for disclosure, interrogatories, request for admissions, requests for production of documents (such as: taxes, bank statements, etc.), and depositions.
Settlement vs. Trial
After discovery is completed, it is time to decide between a settlement and a trial. In most cases settlement is the best option. Settling is almost always less expensive and the divorcing parties are given the opportunity to settle their case on their own terms. Settlement is accomplished through the mediation process. Mr. Burrows is a certified mediator and certified family law mediator.
Trial is necessary in the case of a very messy divorce. Couples who cannot settle their differences on their own have to turn to the court to settle it for them. In the case of domestic violence or abuse, trial is almost always recommended.
Decree of Divorce
Once a couple has reached an agreement regarding: alimony (maintenance), joint assets, custody, child support, conservatorship, and visitation the court will grant a Decree of Divorce.
Get help with the Lewisville, Texas divorce process
The divorce process is difficult and arduous at times. An experienced family law attorney will walk you through the entire process, from the moment you file for divorce until the Decree for Divorce is complete. If you are looking for legal representation in filing for divorce in or around Lewisville or Coppell, contact the Law Office of Dale A. Burrows P.C. for a case evaluation at 888-845-4119, or complete our web form.