Breezing Through Your Divorce

Getting a divorce can be a very unpleasant experience. Much like any other unpleasant experience, you’d probably want to make sure you get through it as quickly as possible. The sooner you get out of your relationship with your spouse, the better off you probably are. Fortunately, there is a way to make the entire divorce process go as smoothly as possible. But, how that happens depends entirely on you (and your spouse).

One thing you should know, though, is that divorces take at least sixty days in the state of Texas. The reason why this is so is just to give both parties enough time to think about whether or not they actually want a divorce.

The Process

Before you go about breezing through your divorce, you have to file for one first. The process is fairly straightforward. All you need to do is prepare the necessary paperwork for your divorce petition. Once your petition is filed, your spouse will then be served a notice of the divorce that’s being filed. They are then given the chance to respond to this notice. They may also choose not to, prompting the judge to give a default judgment. Either way, the divorce proceeds, and all details are ironed out until a settlement is reached. Then the judge will sign your divorce decree, thus concluding your divorce.

Expediting Your Divorce

Every divorce has a different timeline, with its course depending on the situation of the couple that is getting one. For some couples, their divorces can be a pretty straightforward process. Other couples, on the other hand, may have a divorce that has several details that need to be ironed out before a settlement is reached. How soon your divorce gets concluded depends on how you and your spouse deal with it.

One way to help get your divorce concluded as soon as possible would be to discuss all the details beforehand. That means you’ve both agreed to get the divorce and already know how to go about things such as property division and custody. In a way, you’ve both mapped out and planned out your divorce beforehand and just need the judge to finalize it.

On the other hand, if you and your spouse are not on the same page about getting a divorce or are not on good terms, this might just lengthen the time it takes to get your divorce. Serving them a notice may be more difficult, especially if they refuse to accept the notice. Working a settlement out in terms of property division and the like may be more difficult if neither of you can come to an agreement. If you find yourself in this situation, best prepare yourself for a lengthy and difficult divorce.

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Mr. Hutton is a Divorce and Custody Lawyer based out of Round Rock, TX. His background is with child psychology at Arizona State University where he received a B.S. in 2006, and he continued this by working with the Children’s Right’s Clinic at the University of Texas School of Law where he received his J.D. in 2009. Throughout his practice, he has been a strong proponent of utilizing modern technology to improve his practice and the representation of his clients. He currently is the technology chair of CAFA of Travis County and is committed to improving and modernizing the practice of law in Texas. If you have any questions you can contact him at

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