Austin Family Law Attorneys
Our Austin Location
Goranson Bain Ausley – Austin Office
3307 Northland Drive
Austin, TX 78731
Getting a Divorce in Austin
If you’re in need of a divorce lawyer in Austin, Goranson Bain Ausley offers experienced representation that focuses on your clients throughout the entire divorce process. From Allendale to Zilker, Barton Creek to Mueller and all areas in between, our Austin family lawyers are committed to providing clarity about what comes next, and confidence that your future interests are more secure.
Divorcing with Children
For those with children, divorce can be a particularly difficult, trying experience. Our expertise with custody cases, child support, and revisions to existing visitation, support and custody court orders allows us to understand the unique needs of parents wishing to protect their children from the negative aspects of divorce whenever possible.
About GBA Family Law
Divorce and family law matters involve a series of complex decisions. At Goranson Bain Ausley, we help you make choices that best reflect your priorities and reach the ultimate goals for your legal issue. We know that to best represent our clients, our job is to listen and ask the right questions so we can bring you to the other side of divorce intact and ready to begin a new chapter in your life. At Goranson Bain Ausley, we offer over 40 years of experience achieving strategic, constructive, and ethical resolutions. We understand there are no higher priorities than securing your family and future. In family law matters, the lawyers of Goranson Bain Ausley always keep your best interests at heart.
Is Texas a No-Fault State?
Texas is a “no-fault” divorce state, which means that you do not have to prove fault in your marriage for the Court to grant a divorce. The petition will simply state that the marriage has become insupportable and no possibility for reconciliation exists. Texas law also provides for fault-based divorces, such as adultery or cruelty.
If you believe there is a reason for you to pursue a fault-based divorce, then you should consult a divorce attorney as soon as possible to discuss the pros and cons of filing for a fault-based divorce.
Contact Our Team
If you find yourself approaching a divorce or family law issue, we are here to help. Please get in touch with us by completing the contact form below, calling one of our three offices, or by getting started with our confidential online questionnaire.
Beginning the Divorce Process
The divorce process starts with filing a document entitled “Original Petition for Divorce” with the court in the county where one of you resides (Travis, Williamson, Bastrop, Caldwell, Hays or any of the other surrounding Austin area counties). The party who files the divorce is called the petitioner and the other party is the respondent unless the parties choose to file together as joint petitioners.
To be eligible to file a divorce in Texas, either party must have lived in the state for six months and have been a resident of the county in which the suit is filed for the preceding 90-day period.
If children were born to or adopted during the marriage, a “Suit Affecting the Parent-Child Relationship” is included in the Original Petition for Divorce.
What Happens Next?
After filing the Original Petition for Divorce, the petitioner must serve the respondent. A third party, such as a law enforcement officer, can serve the respondent. Once the respondent is served, they have the opportunity to file a response. If the respondent agrees with the petitioner’s demands, then the parties can draft an agreed or uncontested divorce agreement.
In an “agreed” or uncontested divorce, both parties agree on how to handle the divorce and draft an agreement detailing the terms, which they both sign. A judge then approves the agreement and finalizes the divorce.
If the parties disagree on how to handle the divorce, they can try and use a an out of court method, including negotiated divorce, Collaborative Divorce or mediation, to resolve their differences.
When a negotiated, collaborative, or mediated divorce is not possible, the only option is to pursue the divorce in court using litigation. In a contested divorce, a judge will listen to each party’s case and then determine an equitable arrangement on their behalf, drafting a divorce decree they then sign and finalize.
The Bottom Line
Divorce is well known to be one of life’s most stressful, emotional events. From confusion and anxiety to hurt, anger, and even a desire for revenge, making sound decisions during such a stressful time can be challenging. At Goranson Bain Ausley, our experienced Austin divorce lawyers can help you decide what’s important and make the right decisions that will benefit you and your family’s immediate and long-term well-being.