Understanding the “D” word. Each of the 50 states has its own rules on the procedures for dissolving a marriage. Attorney Bradford L. Atkinson prides himself on ensuring his clients have all the information available so they can make fully informed decisions at every stage of the divorce process in the State of Texas. To help you understand a little about the divorce process, Mr. Atkinson offers these brief discussion points:
First, to file for divorce in Texas, one of the parties must have been a resident of the state for at least the last six (6) months. The petitioner must file the complaint in the district court of the county where either party resides. You should choose a family lawyer familiar with the court where you must file.
Texas will grant a divorce on a no-fault basis, if both parties agree. In a no-fault divorce, the parties state under oath that their marriage has become unsupportable because of irreconcilable differences. If the parties cannot agree and the divorce goes to trial, the grounds for divorce will be based on the evidence and case that can be proved to the Judge. Some of the grounds for divorce in Texas include:
Alternative dispute resolution or “mediation” is recommended and/or required in divorce cases by certain courts in Texas. In some cases, settlement negotiations can resolve all issues and aspects of a divorce case. However, sometimes, settlement negotiations are not possible or productive and you need an experienced family law attorney for strong advocacy in courtroom litigation.
To learn more about divorce and discuss the issues specific to your own circumstances (including marriage annulments, void marriages or “common-law” marriages), please complete the contact information on this page to schedule a consultation with Mr. Atkinson or call us at 936-230-5462.