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How Long Does a Divorce Take?

For those going through a divorce, one of the more pressing questions regarding this process is how long it will take. Understandably, you probably want to move on with your life and the longer your divorce takes, the more it feels as though your future is on hold. Continue reading to learn more about how long a divorce takes in Texas.

Getting Divorced in Texas

In Texas, there is a mandatory 60-day waiting period. Therefore, assuming you and your spouse agree to get divorced and see eye-to-eye on every key issue, you can theoretically have your divorce finalized after 61 days. However, realistically, most are not able to finalize their divorce that quickly. Generally, it can take anywhere from 6 months to a year to finalize a divorce. Moreover, if you have substantial assets or children, the process can become even more complicated and take more time.

Below is a list of factors that can potentially impact the length of your divorce:

  • You have children
  • This is a high asset divorce
  • Courts are backed up
  • One spouse is contesting the divorce

The Average Divorce Timeline

Of course, every divorce is unique, so there may be some differences in timeline.

That said, the average divorce proceeds as follows:

  • Pre-filing for divorce is the process of deciding whether or not you want to move forward and file or if you believe you can address your issues in counseling. It can take a few weeks.
  • If you decide to file for a divorce, you and your attorney can file a petition with the court, asking that your marriage be dissolved.
  • When you file your petition, the 60-day waiting period will begin.
  • After you file the petition, your spouse will have about 20 to 28 days to respond by either asking for an extension, accepting demands, or contesting the divorce.
  • If your spouse contests the divorce, it can take anywhere from a few months to years to resolve it.

Ultimately, the circumstances of your case will dictate how long it takes to finalize your divorce.

Schedule a Consultation with an Experienced Divorce Attorney Today!

If you decided to end your marriage, you should not hesitate to seek skilled legal counsel. At Cynthia Tracy, Attorney at Law, P.C., our family law team is backed by more than 30 years of experience. You can rely on us to protect your best interests and secure the most favorable results for your case.

Reach out to our law office today at (281) 612-5443 to schedule a consultation.