HOW LONG DOES A DIVORCE TAKE IN TEXAS

Texas imposes a 60-day waiting period that applies to all divorces unless you qualify for an exception, meaning your divorce cannot be finalized before the 61st day.

Factors That Impact the Time It Takes to Get Divorced:

  1. The first of those factors is whether the Respondent files an Answer. When the Petitioner initiates the divorce process, a copy of the Petition along with a Summons must be officially served on the Respondent. Once served, the Respondent has 20 days within which to file a written Answer with the court. If no Answer is filed, the Respondent has waived his/her right to participate in the divorce process. If the Respondent does file an Answer, the divorce can still be finalized after the waiting period has passed.
  2. The second factor includes the division of marital assets/debts as well as issues involving minor children of the marriage. When a divorce requires the division of complex and/or valuable assets it is much more likely to take longer to reach a settlement agreement. Similarly, when the parties have minor children, a divorce usually takes longer than when there are no children.
  3. The third factor is how adversarial the parties are during the divorce process. If you and your spouse are able to remain civil and both compromise during the negotiation process, it is possible to get through even a high dollar divorce that includes minor children in a reasonable amount of time.
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