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What to Expect: Filing a Divorce

Filing A Divorce In the State of Texas

Experiencing a divorce in Texas can be a challenging journey. The dedicated team at Crocker Russell & Associates is here to provide unwavering support at every stage. We understand that navigating the legal system can be overwhelming, and our attorneys and staff are committed to ensuring all your questions are addressed. We’ve observed that fostering an understanding of the legal process significantly aids our clients during this period of separation. Count on us to guide you through with expertise and compassion.

Steps to Getting Started

To initiate a divorce in Texas, it’s crucial to meet residency requirements. You need to have resided in the state for a minimum of six months before filing and must have lived in the specific county for at least 90 days preceding the filing. If these residency criteria aren’t fulfilled, it’s essential to wait until the required time has passed before proceeding with the divorce filing. Ensure compliance with these residency regulations to smoothly navigate the divorce process in Texas.

Following the filing of your divorce petition, we offer the option to prepare a waiver of service for your spouse’s signature. Alternatively, our efficient and cost-effective process server can formally serve your spouse with a copy of the petition. Once served, your spouse has until the Monday after the twentieth day to file an answer with the court. Failure to file an answer allows us to move forward, obtaining a default judgment and granting your divorce. Trust our streamlined process for a swift and hassle-free resolution.

In the event your spouse files an answer with the court, various paths may unfold in your case. We’ll request a temporary order hearing from the court, aiming to safeguard your assets and address pertinent issues while awaiting the final trial date. Temporary orders may cover aspects like temporary possession of marital property, child support, and a schedule for child possession or access. Additionally, we’ll schedule a pretrial conference to secure a scheduling order, establishing deadlines for discovery, mediation, and ultimately, the final trial date. Trust our comprehensive approach to navigate your case effectively.

Attending Mediation

In many cases, attending mediation is a court requirement. Mediation provides an opportunity for you and your spouse to choose a mediator and collaboratively work towards a compromise, avoiding further litigation and facilitating case resolution. Mediation costs typically range from $400.00 to $1,000.00, dependent on complexity and duration.

A successful mediation results in the mediator filing a binding Mediated Settlement Agreement with the court. Subsequently, our attorneys will draft the final order for signatures. Once filed, the agreement becomes binding, prohibiting additional changes.

If mediation doesn’t lead to a settlement, the case proceeds to trial. Parties may engage in discovery and informal settlement negotiations. Active participation in discovery, providing necessary documents to your attorney, is crucial. Failure to do so may prevent you from testifying to that information at the final trial. Trust our expertise to guide you through these processes for optimal outcomes.

Hiring Crocker Russell & Associates

We understand the unique nature of each case and individual circumstances. Our attorneys are dedicated to crafting a personalized plan of action tailored to your specific needs. With us, you have a committed ally ready to fight for you at every stage.

Whether you are considering divorce or your spouse has initiated the process, our team is here to assist. For a complimentary consultation to explore your options, please contact us at (817) 482-6570. Your journey toward resolution begins with us.