Getting all the details right the first time
In our digital age, almost every task can be completed online. As technology continues to improve and make certain projects more convenient online the frustration and somewhat unknown details of the legal process still remain.
However, doing this on your own isn’t the easiest way to go about filing for divorce. In fact, contacting an attorney about filing for divorce or any family law related matter can make the process much easier and less turmoiled.
You don’t have to go about this alone and would be better off by reaching out to an experienced attorney to understand the steps to filing for divorce.
Our expert team of Houston divorce attorneys offers sound advice on what is actually possible when you are looking to file for a divorce online. Often times, a lot of details, sometimes minor details, can be overlooked which slows down the process of filing for a divorce.
In most cases, it would beneficial to sit down and schedule a consultation with an attorney to streamline the process
Hear Advice from an Experienced Divorce Lawyer
Angela Stout, a practicing family law attorney in Houston, clears up any confusion about filing for divorce online and outlines the necessary steps for filing divorce. She sheds some useful insight based on her years of experience within family law. So, before deciding to hire a divorce attorney in Houston consider scheduling a consultation to clear up any confusion.
Q: Can you file for divorce online in Texas?
A: All filings in the Texas Court system are now done online so in a sense, all divorces are filed online in Texas. But, if what you’re really asking is if a person can represent themselves in the process and navigate that process by doing it electronically then the answer is, potentially and to a point.
There are forms available to litigants online that might help them walk through part of the divorce process, but at some point, an in-person appearance in court will be necessary to prove-up the final decree of divorce.
In my experience as a family law attorney, I find that navigating the divorce process can be difficult for what we call pro se litigants – people that are representing themselves.
Often times the forms they find online and try to fill out on their own aren’t filled out correctly or don’t include the required information and it will actually cost them more in terms of the time they spend on it along with the energy they expend on it than if they just reached out to an attorney to assist them and guide them through the process.
Contact The Stout Law Firm, P.L.L.C. today to schedule a consultation with one of our skilled attorneys.
Steps to Filing for Divorce
Making the decision to file for a divorce is certainly not one that will come easily. Which is why when you’re going through the divorce process, having as much information as possible can prove helpful, and will help to ease the stress of the process.
Our lawyers at The Stout Law Firm, PLLC can guide you. Here are some of the basic steps you need to take when filing for divorce in Texas–
1.File Your Divorce Petition with the Court
The divorce process begins when you file a petition for divorce, which informs the court and your spouse that you want a divorce. The petition must be filed with your local district clerk in the county that you live in, and you must pay the filing fee.
After you file your petition for divorce, you will need to provide your spouse with legal notice of the proceeding in order to move forward with the process. The divorce papers can be served formally to your spouse by a process server, or you can get your spouse to sign and have notarized a Waiver of Service.
2.Answer and Waiting Period
Once you have served your spouse with the divorce papers, you will need to wait for their response. This can come in the form of an Original Answer as well as a Counter-Petition for Divorce.
Even if you and your spouse agree to the terms of your divorce, there is a mandatory 60 day waiting period from the day you filed your Petition for Divorce with the Court.
If your divorce is contested, you will need to work together to resolve issues and reach an agreement. This in itself is a process with many other steps, including:
- Discovery – during the discovery process, you and your spouse will be required to share pertinent information with one another, such as financial information regarding assets and liabilities, that is relevant to a divorce settlement.
- Mediation – oftentimes, couples will choose to (or be ordered to) attend mediation. The mediation is led by a third-party, a neutral mediator who facilitates the conversation and helps the couple work together to reach an agreement.
- Litigation – if you and your spouse cannot reach an agreement about how to resolve issues via mediation, litigation may be necessary. Litigation is a last-resort option.
4.Hire a Divorce Attorney
If you haven’t already done so prior to step one or step two, hiring a divorce lawyer before you file your petition for divorce, and certainly, before your divorce case goes to trial, is a must. There are many intricacies to the divorce process that require the expertise of an attorney who solely practices family law.
The attorneys at the Stout Law Firm can help you to understand the many steps in the process, what the law says and your rights under it, and how to protect your best interests. You need a divorce attorney – divorce lawyers at the office of The Stout Law Firm, PLLC are reachable now. Give us a call at, 713-980-4300 to get started with your consultation today.
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