Oftentimes, when a couple decides to get a divorce, both parties have many questions and concerns about the future. These fears can increase tenfold if there are children involved. If the divorce is not amicable, then the parties may be particularly concerned with protecting their rights and best interests.
No matter your situation, Walters Gilbreath, PLLC can help you navigate the divorce process as quickly and painlessly as possible. Our team of highly experienced and skilled divorce lawyers in Texas understand just how challenging this time is for you and your family. We are here to provide you with the honest and compassionate guidance you need.
Most of all, we can help you understand your rights and legal options. In every instance, we strive to provide our clients with a personalized plan of action that is tailored to their unique needs and goals. We are able to handle the various aspects of your case so that you can focus on moving forward.
Speak with a member of our legal team today. Call (844) 451-1220 or contact us online to request your initial consultation.
The Five Steps of Every Divorce
One of the first things you may be wondering if you are considering filing for divorce or have been served with divorce papers is how to begin. You’re also likely wondering how the process works and what you can expect at each stage. Believe it or not, there are five steps to just about every divorce and family law case.
The five steps include:
- Filing the lawsuit
- Obtaining a temporary order
- Mediation for final orders
The Divorce Process in Texas
Filing for Divorce
In the state of Texas, you may file for divorce in the county where you live, so long as you have been living there for the past three months or more. You must also have been a Texas resident for at least six months prior to filing.
Temporary Order Hearing
Next, you will most likely need to attend a temporary order hearing, unless you and your spouse can agree to temporary orders via mediation. Temporary order hearings are very important, as these orders often become permanent. The hearings themselves can contain surprises, as no discovery has yet occurred.
"Discovery" is the process of both parties exchanging information. This is meant to promote transparency and allow both parties to obtain a complete understanding of the extent of their estate in the event that they choose to settle the case.
If an agreeable settlement seems feasible, the parties may attend mediation. This is the process of resolving conflicts outside of the courtroom. Mediation involves a specially trained mediator who helps the parties reach various agreements about the terms of the divorce.
If a settlement cannot be reached outside of the courtroom, the case will proceed to trial. During the trial, a judge or jury will make decisions regarding your divorce and a final order will be handed down. The final order is generally permanent, though modifications may be made at a later date should circumstances change.
Types of Texas Divorce Cases We Handle
At Walters Gilbreath, PLLC, we have extensive experience handling all types of divorce cases. We have helped clients with contested and uncontested divorce, as well as military divorce, international divorce, and more. We have even helped individuals seeking divorces in sensitive and volatile situations, such as those involving domestic violence, child abuse, or substance abuse.
Whatever your situation may be, we understand how difficult and emotional it can be. Our team is here to help you clearly understand your options and work to protect your rights.
Both of our founding attorneys are Board-Certified in Family Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. Furthermore, they draw from personal experience with the family law system in order to provide clients with the level of care, attention, and understanding they need. Most of all, you can rely on Walters Gilbreath, PLLC to advocate for you every step of the way.
Get in touch with us at (844) 451-1220 today to find out more about how our Texas divorce attorneys can help you.