What happens in a Texas divorce?
Learn the steps in the divorce process from San Antonio divorce attorney James Meyrat.
You’ve decided to file for divorce. Will it be contested or uncontested?
If you and your spouse can agree on who gets what, then your divorce is uncontested and it will be cheaper and faster.
If you can’t agree with your spouse, you think they’re hiding assets, or you have evidence may that limit their access to the kids, then your divorce will probably be contested.
You think your divorce is contested. What happens next?
If your spouse will be surprised by the divorce, you may want to have someone else give them divorce papers so you can avoid this unpleasant moment.
A divorce attorney will have your spouse served with papers and do a temporary restraining order to keep your spouse away from you.
The next step in the divorce process is temporary orders, or laying the ground rules until the divorce is final. This is when you and your spouse decide who stays in the house, who will have the kids when, and who will pay the bills.
It’s important to get what you want in temporary orders because it sets the tone for the final divorce.
Next you and your spouse have to list your assets and debts. If you think your spouse is hiding property or money, then the attorney can investigate. You might also need expert opinions, like a house appraisal or a business valuation.
Before going to trial, the judge expects you to try to settle in mediation. If you can agree with your spouse, then your divorce will be finalized.
If mediation doesn’t work out, you’ll go to trial and the judge decides the terms and conditions of your divorce.
Divorce is a complex process. It’s important to have a good divorce attorney at every step of the way. If you or your spouse are in the San Antonio area, call family law attorney James Meyrat at 210-733-6235.