Filing for Divorce
Divorce is a very difficult process for any couple to go through, both mentally and emotionally. The decision to get a divorce and the ramifications of that decision will affect not only the two individuals separating but any children they may have as well. Additionally, filing for divorce can often be very complicated because of the many details that must be accounted for. In addition to legal issues, financial issues and the emotional wellbeing of the children may be involved as well.
Because of this, it is highly beneficial to a person who is considering filing for divorce to prepare themselves by becoming fully informed on the process, and keeping all pertinent issues in mind before they file. Some of the important issues that are addressed in divorce cases include:
Understanding the Divorce Process
The procedure for initiating divorce proceedings in Texas usually includes filing an Original Petition for Divorce, obtaining a Temporary Restraining Order (TRO), and obtaining a hearing on temporary orders and temporary injunction. The other spouse will receive these notices and answer them, possibly through an attorney. If the divorce is contested, then temporary hearings are held before a state district judge or court's associate judge, and certain terms of the divorce will be discussed. Before this point of the divorce is reached, it is wise to enlist the help of a legal professional who will advocate for your best interests and specific goals.
The next stage is called the discovery phase, and during this time all information about the parties and the marriage will be gathered. This information will contribute to the court's decision on child custody, child support, division of property and more. After a certain period of time has passed since the original filing, a trial date is set and the judge will hear both sides of the case to make a final divorce decree. Once this decree is signed by the judge and both parties, the divorce will be finalized and official.