Did you know that in Texas, a divorce is actually a lawsuit? It is classified as a public civil action, which is filed in public records at the county courthouse. As you can imagine, a lot of legal issues are involved.
Under Texas divorce law, if you wish to file a petition for divorce, you or your spouse must be a Texas resident for at least six months and a resident of the county in which the divorce is filed for at least 90 days. Even if you were married in a different state, Texas law will still recognize your marriage as valid.
The complexity of the divorce process usually depends on the extent to which you and your spouse have reached agreements regarding property division and custody of any children. The divorce process does not officially begin until you file a document known as the Original Petition for Divorce. The petition includes details about you, your spouse, your children, date of marriage and your residency. Texas law requires the parties to wait 60 days from the date of filing the petition before the divorce can be made final. Therefore, a marriage cannot be dissolved until the 60-day waiting period expires.
During the divorce proceedings, you must resolve any property and child custody issues. When a spouse is unreasonable and puts up a fight regarding child custody, property and assets, a resolution can be difficult. It is wise to have representation from a Dallas divorce attorney who can ensure that your interests are protected.
The Dallas family law firm of Reed & Riordan, PLLC has extensive experience in representing clients who are facing divorce, whether it is contested or uncontested. Contact one of our knowledgeable Dallas divorce attorneys today at (214) 570-9555 for answers to your questions.
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