The length of a divorce depends on whether it is contested or uncontested. An uncontested divorce is when a couple has reached an agreement together, and all they need is the help of an attorney to file. In order for a divorce to be truly uncontested, the couple will need to have reached an agreement about all aspects of their divorce including possession of their children and the division of their assets.
Uncontested divorces are the fastest and least expensive cases. They can take as little as 60 days to be finalized, which is the statutory minimum for Texas. The average contested divorce ranges from about six to eight months. Of course, this is not a guarantee, there are certain factors, all of which have some interplay, which can lengthen the case.
What factors can lengthen my divorce?
Factors that can affect the length of divorce include an inability to compromise, high conflict personalities, and individuals with unreasonable expectations, which can often lead to multiple and lengthy trips to the courthouse. Extended litigation will always make the case last longer and increase expenses, usually for both parties.
You may be asking yourself: I’m going to contest a divorce, what can I do to make the process smoother or go a little bit quicker? There are two things you can do to help your attorney.
First, be honest and provide your attorney with up-to-date, frequent information. Your lawyer is only as good as the information that they are provided.
Second, set realistic goals and work on those with your attorney. Having those goals in mind will out outline what specific steps you’re going to take throughout the course of your case.
Goranson Bain Ausley is dedicated to helping our clients reach the best possible outcome. We will work with you, whether your divorce is contested or uncontested, to reach your goals while saving time and costs.
Ryan Bauerle is a skilled litigator and strong negotiator; he regularly obtains favorable settlements without ever stepping foot in the courthouse. Ryan works with clients to evaluate the pros and cons of their options, including costs, to make sound and efficient decisions about moving forward. Ryan is Board-certified by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization in Family Law. He has also been recognized as a Super Lawyers Rising Star, 2020-2022, and named a Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch, 2020.
To learn more about your divorce options, please contact Ryan Bauerle at 214-473-9696 to schedule a consultation.
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