Divorce, Dissolution and Annulments
Divorce in Texas is a Lengthy Process
If you’re hoping for a speedy divorce, it probably won’t happen. Texas law requires a 60-day waiting period between the date the petition is filed and the date of divorce. It typically takes about six months to one year or longer to finalize a divorce, depending on the complexity of the issues and the degree of conflict between the parties.
No Legal Separation
Texas does not recognize legal separation. This means that even when you are living apart from your spouse, all of the property you or your spouse acquire is community property—regardless of the way it is titled—and all debt you or your spouse acquire is community debt. Simply put, you are married until you are legally divorced. Nevertheless, you can enter into a “separation agreement” or “partition and exchange agreement.” Your actions at the separation stage can “point” the case to the final outcome. Make sure you take that into consideration during the divorce process so that there are no surprises.
Subchapter B of Chapter 6 of the Texas Family Code covers situations where annulments may be granted. The situations where a court would grant an annulment are typically in instances where:
Aspects of Divorce
- Residency Requirements and Grounds for Divorce
- Dividing the Property
- Mediation and Arbitration
- Emergency and Temporary Orders
- Tax Issues
- Post-Trial / Final Decree