Texas laws allow couples to end their marriages without legal battles. Although a no-fault divorce might sound like an easy option, it could be as complicated as a litigated divorce. If there are children and accumulated property, difficult decisions will have to be made — inside or outside the courtroom.
Couples have different options and may choose to negotiate their own settlement agreements. However, even if they do not intend to go to court, it is advisable for each spouse to have legal counsel to explain their rights and the legal requirements under Texas laws. Even if a couple chooses mediation to help them negotiate a settlement, the mediator may not provide legal advice, and along with valuable input, each party’s attorney can ensure their rights are protected.
When both spouses are satisfied with an agreement, they can file an uncontested divorce, and it will only need the court’s approval of the settlement agreement to obtain a final divorce decree. However, a couple whose marriage lasted only a short period with no jointly accumulated assets and no children could file for a simplified divorce. This option could bring about a finalized divorce in the shortest time allowed by state laws.
While there are several choices available to end a marriage in Texas, it might be wise to learn about the pros and cons of each option. A divorce lawyer can provide the necessary support and guidance along every step of the way. With the moral support of family and friends, and the legal support of a family law attorney, the divorce process might be less daunting than anticipated.
Source: liveabout.com, “4 Types of Divorce“, Cathy Meyer, March 2, 2018