Compassionate, Affordable, Skilled Legal Services for Those Seeking an Uncontested Divorce
Divorce doesn’t have to be the stuff of nightmares. In fact, if you and your spouse can agree on the terms of your divorce you can file an uncontested divorce, thereby ending your marriage with a minimal amount of court involvement and none of the turbulence and anger that often accompanies more contentious divorces like the ones portrayed in movies and on television.
Leveraging the knowledge and skills gained in nearly 30 years of family law practice, I provide the guidance you need to understand the uncontested divorce process and the state’s filing criteria. Should you choose to pursue an uncontested divorce, I am here to help you move forward with your life by completing the necessary paperwork and steps as quickly and accurately as possible.
What Is an Uncontested Divorce?
Simply put, an uncontested divorce is a divorce in which the couple is able to agree on all aspects of the divorce, such as the division of marital property and debt, as well as the conservatorship and support of the children. If you and your spouse cannot come to an agreement on all matters relating to the end of your marriage, an uncontested divorce filing may not be possible.
Uncontested divorces offer many benefits, including:
- Efficiency: Contested divorces are often drawn-out affairs due to the amount of negotiation and litigation involved. In an uncontested divorce, however, couples agree to terms, usually prior to filing the paperwork. This dramatically speeds up the process, allowing each spouse to move forward with their lives without unnecessary delay. In Texas, an uncontested divorce may be completed in as little as 61 days.
- Lack of court involvement: In an uncontested divorce, there are no hearings, no negotiations and no mediation. In fact, the court is only involved to approve and sign the Final Decree of Divorce. If you and your spouse agree on the terms of divorce, the judge will approve the divorce and sign off on the decree, making your divorce official.
- Affordability: Uncontested divorces bring with them lower fees and a shorter timeframe due to their less complex nature.
Texas Uncontested Divorce Requirements
Not every couple qualifies for the uncontested divorce process. To file for an uncontested divorce in Texas, you must meet the following criteria:
- You or your spouse must have been a legal resident of Texas for the last six months
- You or your spouse must have resided in the county in which you are filing for at least three months
- You and your spouse agree on all aspects of the divorce, including dividing assets and debt, as well as the conservatorship and support of the children
- Neither party has an ongoing bankruptcy case
If you meet these requirements, I am here to guide you throughout the entire process, including gathering documentation, preparing the Petition for Divorce and the Final Decree of Divorce and managing all other documents that may be necessary such as:
- Special Warranty Deeds
- Deeds of Trust
- Qualified Domestic Relations Orders (QDROs) (used to divide some types of retirement)
- Powers of Attorney to Transfer Motor Vehicles
Contact My Office to Learn More About Uncontested Divorce
If you are interested in filing for an uncontested divorce, your first step should be to speak with an attorney about your eligibility and the process. I am family lawyer Megan Rachel, and I am here to answer your questions and provide the advice you need to understand whether an uncontested divorce is right for you. Contact me online or call 214-396-2048 to schedule a consultation today.