Representing Families in Texas for Over 16 Years
Whether you are personally filing for divorce or have just been served with papers yourself, this can be a difficult time. Even those who experience no negative feelings can feel unsure about what happens next. At Labovitz Law Firm, our divorce lawyers in Fort Worth have over 16 years of experience in dealing with matters related to family law. We are a small firm dedicating to our clients and we work to obtain favorable outcomes in their divorce proceedings.
What Type of Divorce Are There?
Every marriage is different and the legal separation can follow different courses depending on your circumstances. While often two separating partners remain agreeable and are able to pursue divorce with minimal distraction or problems, this is not always the case. You should be prepared for the possibility that your ex-spouse will seek representation and their demeanor may dramatically change as they seek opportunity.
At Labovitz Law Firm, we provide representation for a variety of divorce scenarios including:
- Collaborative divorce: Where proceedings are agreeable and clients desire keeping things outside of the Texas court system.
- Uncontested divorce: Where clients are able to agree on virtually everything but only some few matters remain in contention for the court system.
- Contested divorce: Where clients are disagreeable on most things and a determination in court is required to resolve matters.
What Are the Grounds for Divorce in Texas?
Texas allows residents file for divorce either in a fault-based or no-fault based divorce. In a no-fault based divorce, you would only need to inform the courts that the marriage has broken down to the point where you and your spouse can no longer make it work and there is absolutely no chance for either side to reconcile. A fault-based divorce requires you to provide a reason (or grounds) for filing.
These grounds might include:
- Extreme cruelty
- Spousal abandonment
- Spouse has been incarcerated for at least 1 year for a felony
- Living apart and separately for at least 3 years
- Mental incapacity
No-fault divorces are generally simpler, more cost-effective, and can often be a much faster process. At the same time, providing grounds for divorce may be a factor in deciding matters such as custody or alimony. An at-fault spouse may not be granted the custody arrangement they are seeking or may receive less alimony or be forced to pay more, depending on who was at fault.
How Long Does a Divorce Take in Texas?
Each divorce will vary in the amount of time it takes to be finalized. However, there is a mandatory 60-day waiting period in Texas between the time the divorce is filed and the time the judge can finalize the divorce. If a divorce is uncontested, then it could be finalized within a few months. However, more complex divorces will likely take several months to one year or more to be finalized.
Contact our firm online or call us at (817) 374-4056 to start the divorce process.
Free Consults with Divorce Attorneys in Fort Worth, TX!
Our capable divorce attorneys in Fort Worth can help guide you through the process. Even if it is early in proceedings and you are not sure what the best strategy is, we can make recommendations for the optimal path to your desired outcome. Trying to go it alone could leave you with lost assets and a bitter taste. Get in touch and schedule a free in-person consultation today.