Divorce, Dissolution, and Annulments
Divorce in Texas is a Lengthy Process
If you’re hoping for a speedy divorce, it probably won’t happen. Texas law requires a 60-day waiting period between the date the petition is filed and the date of divorce. It typically takes about six months to one year or longer to finalize a divorce, depending on the complexity of the issues and the degree of conflict between the parties.
- Does it matter which spouse files for divorce?
No. There is no particular advantage to being the first person to file (the “Petitioner”).
- Do I have to prove fault of the other spouse in order to get a divorce?
No. In the State of Texas, divorces are commonly granted on no-fault grounds based upon the marriage’s “insupportability,” without regard to fault, wrongdoing, or marital misconduct on the part of one spouse. However, a court may take fault into consideration if, during the marriage, one of the parties engaged in cruel treatment; committed adultery; abandoned their spouse; was convicted of a felony; confined to a mental hospital; or, had the parties lived apart for at least three years without cohabitation.