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Getting a divorce takes time, preparation and thoughtful decision-making. The outcome of your divorce can truly impact the rest of your life, and you have the ability to control the outcome to a significant extent. While you and your spouse will both need to compromise, and while you cannot force your spouse to negotiate in good faith, with the help of a McKinney divorce law firm you can steer the process toward a favorable resolution.
An Overview of the Divorce Process in Texas
Spouses in Texas have a number of options when it comes to finalizing the terms of their divorce. As a result, there is not one clear point-to-point process. Instead, the process can best be broken down into five major stages, with important decisions needing to be made at each step along the way:
1. Divorce Planning and Preparation
The divorce process begins (or at least should begin) before you actually file for divorce. It is important to have a plan and strategy in place, and you will want to begin your preparations early in order to make the process as smooth as possible.
2. Filing for Divorce
Once you are ready, your attorney will file a divorce petition to formally start the divorce process. Your attorney will also arrange for your spouse to be served; and, depending on the circumstances at hand, there may be certain additional legal steps that need to be taken as well.
3. Choosing the Path Forward
Will you and your spouse arrange private negotiation sessions with your respective attorneys? Will you pursue mediation or a collaborative law divorce? Does your divorce appear to be headed toward litigation? Before you start working toward a resolution, you (and your spouse) will need to choose how you are going to move forward.
4. Working Toward a Mutually-Agreeable Resolution
Once you decide how you are going to resolve the distribution of your community property, calculation of child support and alimony (if any), and the division of parenting time, then you and your spouse can begin working to come to terms. This process can take anywhere from weeks to months, and it may be necessary to use a combination of the methods discussed above.
5. Finalizing Your Divorce
After you have fully resolved all of the relevant issues, then you and your spouse can submit your divorce settlement agreement to the court for a judge’s approval. Once the judge approves, the divorce process (and your marriage) will be over.
What to Expect if Your Divorce Ends Up in Litigation in Texas
While most divorces are resolved without court intervention, in some cases divorce litigation will be necessary. For some tips on weighing the benefits and risks of going to court, you can read: How to Prepare for Divorce Litigation, Mentally, Physically and Emotionally.
Contact Our McKinney Divorce Law Firm Today
Are you thinking about filing for divorce? Would you like to know more about what you can expect during the process based on your personal, family and financial circumstances? To speak with one of the divorce lawyers at our McKinney divorce law firm in confidence, call 214-726-1450 or request a free initial consultation online now.