If you are thinking about filing for divorce, you may be wondering how long the process should take. There is no precise answer to this, but there are some important factors that can give you an idea.
There is a mandatory waiting period of 60 days for most divorces in Texas. From there, the complexity of your case will determine how much longer the process will take.
If you and your spouse agree on the divorce’s terms, you are going through an “uncontested divorce”. This type of divorce is relatively easy and can take several months. You can file for and receive a divorce without going through the court process of fighting over property, custody and so on. Instead, you and your spouse can simply work together to get everything finalized.
A contested divorce (where there are disagreements about the terms) may take much longer. The Texas Constitution grants you and your spouse the right to a jury trial. This right can help you but it can also add a considerable amount of time to your case. You may have to deal with lengthy hearings and negotiations. It could take years before you and your spouse find a solution.
Divorce can be arduous, but working with your spouse to come up with a plan can quicken the process. This does not mean you have to agree on everything, but you should know how to handle disagreements. Understanding the nuances of divorce law will help you prepare.