John Delk, Attorney at Law
Representing clients In Texarkana, Texas,
and throughout the state of Texas
with serious legal matters.
Representing clients In Texarkana, Texas, and throughout
the state of Texas with serious legal matters.

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The increasing popularity of uncontested divorces

On Behalf of | Sep 28, 2022 | Divorce

From the initial proposal to the pageantry of a wedding ceremony, couples embark on new lives together. Yet, for a growing number of Texans, planning for the future involves ending a marriage.

As with many states, marital dissolutions in the Lone Star State continue to grow annually. Many who decide to separate often take the route of uncontested divorces.

A more peaceful process?

While contested divorces are rife with conflict, uncontested divorces are not as rancorous. Both sides find agreement on the terms and negotiate a settlement over asset and debt division, alimony, child custody, and other aspects involving the end of their wedded union.

Qualifying for an uncontested divorce requires the following:

  • No children under 18 years old or those with disabilities
  • The wife cannot be pregnant during the trial process
  • Spousal maintenance is not an issue
  • The soon-to-be exes are not involved in bankruptcy proceedings
  • Residents of the state for at least six months and living in the county for at least 90 delays prior to filing
  • Spouses must have lived apart for three or more years without sexual relations before the trial
  • A mutual settlement agreement is in place for the marital dissolution

The filing process involves one partying filing the petition and covers the filing fees. From there, a spouse is served with a legal notice and the divorce petition unless the spouse signs a waiver. After completing the final decree and having it signed by a judge, a mandatory “cooling off period” lasts 60 days.

A judge reviews the documents, questions both parties and then signs the decree, finalizing the divorce and ending the marriage.

Emotionally complex and legally challenging, ending a marriage is sometimes a necessary step to move on to a new chapter in life. The help of an attorney can ensure that every aspect is handled with attention to all the details.

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