HOW LONG DOES A DIVORCE TAKE?
One of the biggest fears that people have about divorce is that they will get caught up in a stressful and costly legal battle that goes on for years. In reality, such legal battles are rare. Here is some information about divorce timelines in Texas:
There Is A 60 Day Waiting Period:
Texas has a 60 day waiting period that begins when the Original Petition For Divorce is filed. The divorce can only be finalized once that period elapses. In other words, divorce will take a minimum of 61 days in Texas. Beyond that, the exact duration of the divorce will depend primarily on the number of issues in dispute.
Disputes Extend Divorces:
An uncontested divorce is one in which both spouses have agreed on all of the issues, from property division to child custody and visitation. These cases are often able to move through the system quickly, with the divorce being finalized in little more than 60 days.
A contested divorce is one in which there is one or more issue that still needs to be resolved. The time it takes to resolve these disputes depends a great deal on each spouse’s willingness to work toward an agreement. If an agreement can be reached through negotiation or by using a form of alternative dispute resolution like mediation, it can accelerate the divorce process. If an agreement cannot be reached and the case must go to trial, it can add time onto the process