The Woodlands Divorce Lawyers
Ready to File for Divorce in Montgomery County?
A divorce is often one of the most difficult and complex processes one can experience. The emotional stress is just the beginning – other major family issues, particularly involving children, need to be addressed and handled delicately. You need and deserve attention, straight answers and a divorce lawyer in The Woodlands with the experience and reputation to achieve the most positive outcome.
With more than 50 years of collective experience, the Woodlands divorce lawyers at Morgan Bourque Attorney at Law understand that every divorce is different and your circumstances require legal counsel experienced in both negotiation and litigation. Morgan Bourque and his dedicated, caring staff are well-versed in matrimonial and family law matters, offering attentive and responsive advocacy dedicated to results.
If you are interested in filing for divorce in Montgomery County, call (713) 535-9711 for a consultation today. Based in The Woodlands, we also serve Spring, Magnolia, and Willis.
What are Texas Residency Requirements for Divorce?
Either spouse needs to be a Texas resident for at least six months before filing for divorce and must have lived in the county where he/she filed the petition for at least 90 days. While Texas allows for “no-fault” divorces, “fault divorces are also permitted based on adultery, abandonment, cruel treatment, or long-incarceration.
Divorce can affect many areas of your life and finances. Our legal team can help you reorganize your affairs, including:
- Child custody
- Child support
- Division of assets and property
- Personal finances
- Pet custody
- And more
Types of Divorce in Texas
There are two main types of divorce in Texas: contested divorce and uncontested divorce.
- A contested divorce means that the spouses do not agree on one or more issues to reach a final settlement, which can lead to trial litigation where a judge decides the outcome of the divorce.
- On the other hand, when both spouses agree on all terms of the divorce, this is known as an uncontested divorce, which is often faster and less costly compared to a contested divorce.
How Long Does A Divorce Take in Texas?
When calculating the time that it will take to file and settle a divorce, it's important to take into account the Texas mandatory 60-day waiting period. On average, a divorce can take all the way from six months to a year or two to settle.
The timeline when it comes to divorce typically goes as follows:
- Pre-filing: A couple of weeks
- Filing: A couple of days
- Waiting period: 60 days
- Responding to a petition: 3-4 weeks
- Contesting the divorce: 3 months to a year
- Temporary orders: 2-4 weeks
- Final divorce hearing: A few days
Some things to consider when calculating how long a divorce will take include:
- How many assets do you have?
- Do you have children and if so, how many?
- How many individuals are being affected by the divorce, and why?
- How likely is your partner to contest the divorce?
- Has your partner also hired a lawyer?
- Do you have a prenuptial agreement?
Does it Matter Who Files for Divorce First?
In Texas, it generally does not matter who files for divorce first - being the filer ("petitioner") does not provide any specific advantage over the other spouse (the “respondent”). However, the petitioner will influence what Texas county the divorce will be filed in, which may make a difference if the respondent lives in another county or state. Our attorneys would be happy to answer any questions you have about your specific case.
How Our Woodlands Divorce Lawyers Can Help
Hiring a divorce attorney is essential for ensuring that you are equipped with the knowledge and resources that you need, and most importantly, for ensuring that you have the legal support necessary to ensure the best possible outcome for your divorce case.
A reputable divorce attorney will be able to:
- Effectively represent you in court
- Offer you the support and emotional reassurance that you need during this difficult time.
- Provide you with important legal information and advise you on the legal matters of your divorce.
- Help you with regard to marital assets and property division.
- Help you with plans related to custody.
- Help you prepare the official divorce papers.
- Help you to negotiate a divorce settlement.
- Help to answer any questions that you may have regarding the legal matters of your divorce.
- Help you devise a debt repayment plan.
- Handle all of the paperwork associated with your divorce, and ensure that everything gets to the correct parties, at the correct time.
- Help to collect all records and properly locate assets and liabilities to ensure that the divorce settlement addresses these possessions correctly.
If you are going through a divorce, don't go through it alone. Let one of our experienced divorce attorneys in The Woodlands help you. Our team of lawyers has years of combined experience in working with a multitude of clients going through a divorce. You need all of the support and legal advice that you can get during this difficult time. Contact our divorce lawyers in The Woodlands, TX today to receive a free consultation, and to learn more about the legal options available for you.
Let Us Help You Start Your Next Chapter Today
With years of trial and mediation experience, our compassionate and knowledgeable divorce lawyers will be in your corner during all stages of your divorce or matrimonial law hearing. We can protect your rights and best interests to help you get a fresh start in life.
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