today’s times, divorces are an all too common occurrence. In
order to qualify for a divorce in the State of Texas, one of the
spouses has to have been a resident of the state for a
continuous six (6) months period and a resident of the county of
filing for a continuous ninety(90) day period prior to the
filing of the petition. A spouse can begin the process of
divorce by filing an original petition for divorce with the
court and then serving it on the respondent spouse. At the time
of the filing, a petitioner can request that a standard
temporary restraining order be put in place which, among other
things, will freeze the status quo and require that the parties
be civil to each other during the divorce. Once served, the
respondent spouse must file an answer with the court. If the
parties are able to agree on the terms of the divorce then an
agreed decree of divorce will be filed with the court. If the
parties cannot agree on the terms of the divorce then the
parties will be ordered to mediation. If there is no settlement
at mediation, then a trial may occur.
Divorces cannot be final for at least sixty
(60) days after the filing of the petition with the court. It is
very important to have legal counsel when involved in a divorce.
Please contact Carrabba & Associates, P.C. if you are involved
in a divorce or are considering a divorce so that we can
determine if we can assist you.