Going through a divorce can be quite painful. Not only emotionally, but the legal process itself might seem like endless agony. If you’re a Texas citizen and don’t know what this process consists of, let me explain it to you, step-by-step.
First of all, to file for a divorce, you or your spouse has to have been a Texas citizen for at least 6 continuous months. Also, one of the two of you should have been a resident of the county where the divorce was filed for at least 90 days.
If all of that is true, the first step is to fill in an Original Petition for Divorce with the court and then deliver the papers to your spouse. If the Petitioner (you) desires to, he or she can request a standard Temporary Restraining Order, which demands that none of the assets disappear before they can be divided by the court, and also protects you from harassment or threats (you never know how a divorce might go, right?).
The court should set up a hearing within 14 days if a Temporary Restraining Order was issued. That hearing will turn the Order into an injunction against both parties.
These Temporary Orders are typically requested when there is custody, visitation and support of children, temporary use of property and servicing of debt involved. It might include temporary spousal support and payment of attorney’s fees. If no Temporary Restraining Order is issued, then the Respondent (the spouse who received the divorce file) has 20 extra days to file a new document called an Answer.
You and your spouse should come to an agreement, whether with the support of attorneys and a mediator, or directly. An Agreed Decree of Divorce should then be delivered, containing all of the agreed terms, and then signed by both of you, your attorneys and, in some cases, by the judge as well.
What if we can’t reach an agreement?
When you aren’t able to come to terms, then a trial should be scheduled. Before the trial, mediation is required, in which a mediator negotiates a settlement between the couple in an informal conversation. If the spouses dislike each other so much (poor couple!) that not even mediation works, then a trial is requested. By the end of the trial, one of the attorneys involved should have a Final Decree Of Divorce to present to the judge, containing the court’s decisions and issue resolutions.
So, as you can see, going through a divorce is tough and you’ll most certainly need some judicial help. But is there an easier way to do it? You betcha. TexasTwoStepDivorce.com has developed a plan to make this process as easy and as stress-free as possible. They’re a group of lawyers who are experts in dealing with divorce, so you’ll be trusting people who know the system inside and out.
To get started, you’ll first receive some instructions and a cover sheet from your court, the actual petition document to file for divorce, as well as the Waiver of Service. The Waiver of Service is a very important document, because by signing it you’re agreeing that the judge may make decisions on your case without further notice to you. So you should be really careful with what you’re signing and getting into (divorce is a serious thing, right?). You can learn more about the forms here. If you have a minor child with your soon-to-be ‘ex’, then you’ll also receive an affidavit for UCCJEA info and a Blank Health Insurance Availability Form.
Once you and your spouse are done with negotiations, mediations and agreements, you’ll be taken to step two. Texas Two Step Divorce will give you instructions on how to finalize your divorce. You’ll then get your Final Decree of Divorce. If needed, both Military Affidavit and Certificate of Last Known Address shall also be received. To end the whole thing, a hearing testimony will be scheduled, and you’ll be a free man or woman.
This full two-step service is available for a very low $149 plus taxes. When registered, you will only have to answer a short questionnaire with your basic info and preferences for your divorce process. This will be the key to give you a personalized service. As soon as you’re done with the questionnaire, you’ll be able to download the first docs, according to the preferences you’ve answered. Then you’ll be ready to just sign them and file. Easy peasy.