If you’re considering getting a divorce in Texas, you’re probably wondering how long the process will take. The answer depends on a number of factors, including the complexity of your case, whether you and your spouse can agree on all the issues, and the availability of the court.
Mandatory 60-Day Waiting Period
One thing that all divorces in Texas have in common is a mandatory 60-day waiting period. This means that you can’t finalize your divorce until at least 60 days after you file the petition. This waiting period is designed to give you and your spouse time to reconsider your decision and to try to reach a settlement agreement. In certain cases, for example, cases with domestic violence, a judge may waive to 60-day waiting period.
If you and your spouse can agree on all the issues involved in your divorce, you can file for an uncontested divorce. Uncontested divorces are typically much faster than contested divorces. In most cases, an uncontested divorce can be finalized within 60-90 days of filing the petition.
Contested divorces are more complex and take longer to finalize. This is because you and your spouse will need to go through the court process to resolve any disagreements you have about the division of assets, spousal support, child custody, and child support. Contested divorces can take anywhere from several months to several years to finalize.
Factors that Can Delay a Divorce
There are a number of factors that can delay a divorce, including:
- Complex issues: If your divorce involves complex issues, such as a business valuation or a dispute over child custody, it will take longer to resolve.
- High conflict: If you and your spouse are unable to communicate or cooperate, it will take longer to reach a settlement agreement or to resolve the issues in court.
- Court backlog: The court system in Texas can be backlogged, which can delay the processing of divorce cases.
What Can You Do to Speed Up Your Divorce?
There are a few things you can do to speed up your divorce, including:
- Be prepared: The more prepared you are, the faster the process will go. This means gathering all the necessary paperwork and being clear about your goals for the divorce.
- Communicate with your spouse: If you and your spouse can communicate and cooperate, you’re more likely to be able to reach a settlement agreement quickly.
- Hire a lawyer: If you’re facing a contested divorce, it’s important to hire an experienced divorce lawyer who can help you navigate the court process and advocate for your interests.
Additional Tips for Speeding Up Your Divorce
- Be proactive and responsive to your lawyer’s requests.
- Be willing to compromise on some issues.
- Avoid making any new financial transactions without your lawyer’s approval.
- Be aware of the court’s deadlines and make sure you meet them.
If you have any questions about how long your divorce is likely to take, please contact us here at Lundberg Law. We can assess your case and give you an estimate of how long it will take to finalize.