Going through a divorce involves heightened emotions for all parties involved. The dissolution of a marriage can have significant, long-term effects on various aspects of your life, such as your family, children, and finances. Because divorce takes its toll—psychologically, financially, and legally—a person going through it can easily make costly mistakes.
If you are thinking about filing for a divorce or you have just been served with divorce papers, you need to speak with an experienced Texas family law attorney for proper guidance. For over 16 years, Robert Thornton has provided knowledgeable legal guidance and reliable advocacy to clients in family law and divorce-related matters. With both professional and personal experience, he will guide you through the complexities of the divorce proceedings, explore your possible legal options, and help you make decisions that are right for you.
Robert Thornton and Thornton Law, PLLC—is proud to serve clients across Plano, Texas, and the surrounding areas of McKinney, Denton, and Dallas.
Divorce is a process that permanently terminates a marriage legally. To get a divorce in Texas, you must meet the following eligibility requirements:
You or your spouse must have lived in Texas for at least six months before filing.
You or your spouses must have been living in the county where you intend to file the divorce petition for at least 90 days.
Texas is a mixed divorce state. This means that you can either file for divorce on no-fault or fault grounds.
In a no-fault divorce, the court doesn't require either spouse to prove that the other party's immoral actions caused the divorce. The no-fault grounds for divorce in Texas include:
Insupportability of the marriage.
Living separately or apart for at least three years.
Confinement in a mental hospital for at least three years
In a fault divorce, the court requires one or both spouses to present evidence showing that the other spouse's bad acts were the reason for the divorce. The fault-based grounds for divorce in Texas include:
An experienced divorce attorney can evaluate your unique circumstances and explore your possible divorce options.
In Texas, divorce may be categorized into two types: contested and uncontested divorce.
Divorce is considered to be uncontested when the spouses are able to reach mutually-agreeable divorce settlement terms. Divorce-related matters, including property division, spousal maintenance, child custody, child support, are resolved amicably. All agreed-upon terms will be filed with the Texas family court to be officially approved. A knowledgeable lawyer can help protect your interests and keep the conversation on track.
On the other hand, a divorce is considered to be contested when the spouses are not able to agree on one or more important divorce settlement terms. Resolving such divorce issues may require the intervention of the Texas family court. During the divorce hearing, the judge will review each spouse's requests and issue a final judgment through a divorce order. A divorce attorney can present your case and improve your prospects of receiving a favorable outcome.
Texas has a "waiting period" of 60 days between filing your divorce petition and finalizing the divorce. You can have the waiting period waived if you have been the victim of family violence or your spouse is under a family violence protective order.
Filing the divorce papers is the easiest part. It's planning and preparation that's the tedious and complicated part. Getting experienced representation is critical when going through a divorce to avoid possible complications. An experienced family law attorney can help you get organized and stay focused on only the facts needed to win your case.
I, Robert Thornton, have the experience and resources to give you an advantage in your family law case, including divorce, property division, spousal support, child custody, support and modification matters. Give me a call so we can come up with a plan that is best for you.
I have gone through this personally. I know what it feels like. The end goal of these cases is to get what you are legally entitled to and move on down the road.
If you are considering filing for a divorce or are already going through the divorce process, contact Robert Thornton of Thornton Law, PLLC, today to schedule a consultation. I can offer you the detailed legal counsel you need to navigate this tough time. I represent the good people of Plano, McKinney, Denton, Dallas, and whatever parts of Texas my truck will take me.