Dallas Divorce Attorneys
The Divorce Process in Texas
If you have recently been served with divorce papers or made the decision to seek a divorce, you may be overwhelmed with questions and concerns. Hernandez & Baggett, PLLC is here to help. We have the broad experience, insights, and determination to help you get through complicated or emotional legal matters.
Continue reading to learn more or call (214) 855-7771 to discuss your unique circumstances with our Dallas divorce lawyers.
What Happens Next?
In Texas, a divorce action arises when one party files a Petition for Divorce in the proper court located in the county where either they or their spouse resides. The other party must then either be served or waive service of the petition before the case can proceed. Once the other party has been served there are serious time constraints that require immediate action. If you have recently been served with a Petition for Divorce it is important you act quickly to retain an attorney to fight for you and protect your rights.
“How Long Is My Divorce Going to Take?”
One question that the Dallas divorce lawyers at Hernandez & Baggett, PLLC often hear when a new client comes into the office is, “how long is my divorce going to take?” Unfortunately, there is no easy answer to this question.
The length of time your divorce may take depends on diverse factors including:
- The circumstances of the parties involved
- Any issues that are being contested
- Whether an agreement can ultimately be reached
- Whether a trial or contested hearing is necessary
It is not uncommon for a divorce to be finalized in as little as 60 days. Nor is it uncommon for a divorce to take more than a year to do so. A scheduled consultation with a knowledgeable and experienced divorce attorney in Dallas should be able to provide you with a good faith estimate based on the facts of your situation.
The Final Decree of Divorce
Before a divorce can be finalized in Texas, a Final Decree of Divorce must be entered by the Court. This may be in the form of an agreed decree signed by both parties or a decree ordered by the Court after a trial.
Before the Decree can be issued, important decisions concerning the following must be made:
In all cases in Texas, even those in which the parties agree on all the issues, the Court will require a hearing where one or both parties are required to attend before the divorce can be finalized.
For the help you need, contact Hernandez & Baggett, PLLC. Our experienced divorce attorneys will listen to your needs to help you through challenging legal issues.