WHAT IS A ‘NO CONTEST’ OR ‘UNCONTESTED’ DIVORCE IN TEXAS
Your divorce may not be avoidable, but that doesn’t mean it has to feel like a fight. There are ways to amicably end your marriage: a “no contest” divorce, officially known as an uncontested divorce.
Here’s a glimpse at what a no contest divorce in Texas involves and how you can take advantage of this process.
WHAT EXACTLY IS A “NO CONTEST” DIVORCE?
This type of divorce is possible when you and your future ex agree on every term of the divorce. It’s the opposite of a contested divorce, where you can’t agree on one or more issues related to the divorce.
The benefit of a no contest divorce in Texas is that it is generally less stressful and less costly than going to divorce trial. This is because instead of fighting over issues in court, and thus dragging out your divorce, you and your spouse can expedite the divorce process and possibly even pay lower filing fees.
These divorce proceedings also offer the benefit of involving fewer forms that have to be completed, which further makes them simpler to navigate.
“NO CONTEST” DIVORCE REQUIREMENTS
An uncontested divorce may sound great so far, but there is a catch: You have to qualify for one. Let’s take a look at the various requirements you must meet before you can pursue this type of divorce proceeding.
- Both you and the other party must not have any children together who are under the age of 18.
- You don’t have an unresolved bankruptcy case with your spouse.
- Neither party is seeking spousal maintenance as part of the divorce proceeding.
GET STARTED WITH A “NO CONTEST” DIVORCE
Let’s say you meet these criteria for completing an uncontested divorce. You’re off to a great start. Now, you need to meet just a few more requirements in Texas before you can officially begin the process of getting an uncontested divorce.
- Both you and the other party must have lived in the Lone Star State for a minimum of six months.
- You both have lived for three-plus months in the Texas county in which you’re filing for your “no contest” divorce
- Both of you agree on every issue in the divorce, including property division, for example.
If you and the other party meet these requirements as well, then you’re an excellent candidate for an uncontested divorce in Texas.