Experienced Guidance Through Your Divorce
Not all couples experience the stereotypical divorce battle. In fact, the dramatized depictions of divorce that you see in movies are not necessary for most couples. Divorce often involves conflict between the parties, but conflict does not have to take over your case. Each divorce can take a vastly different path.
Our divorce lawyers at Grable Grimshaw Mora PLLC can guide you through an uncontested divorce, collaborative divorce or divorce litigation. We adjust our approach to promote your long-term interests. We can discuss your situation and guide you toward a solution that will work for you and the rest of your family.
Gain A Strong Courtroom Advocate
Entering into divorce, you never know how the process will unfold. You want an experienced litigator on your side in case your divorce goes to court. At Grable Grimshaw Mora PLLC, we have extensive courtroom experience. We understand how to prepare your case to provide you with the best chances of success. We will protect your rights as we determine the following:
- Division of assets and debts
- Child custody
- Child support
- Spousal support
Is it worth getting a divorce lawyer in Texas?
The answer is yes, especially if you have assets you need to protect. Many people consider how much money they could save by filing without a lawyer, but few stop to consider how much money they could lose due to an incomplete or unfair divorce settlement.
What does a lawyer do in a divorce?
Your attorney can handle all aspects of your case. This includes providing legal advice, drafting and filing legal paperwork, ensuring that the divorce settlement is fair, helping you pursue child custody, and providing emotional support and a rational approach at a time when you need it most.
How long do you have to be separated before filing for divorce in Texas?
Technically, there is no requirement. There are residency requirements (i.e., one spouse living in the state for at least six months and living in the county for at least 90 days), but these don’t apply to most Texans, who have lived here for years. The only time you would need to satisfy a separation requirement is if you were filing for divorce on the grounds of living apart. In that case, you would need to have lived separately for at least three years without any cohabitation during that period.
Can the 60-day waiting period for divorce in Texas be waived?
Texas requires couples seeking divorce to wait 60 days before the divorce can be finalized. In most cases, this waiting period isn’t relevant because working out the logistical aspects of a divorce can take much longer than 60 days. However, the state does allow it to be waived when one spouse has been convicted of family violence or has received deferred adjudication for family violence.
Should You Consider An Uncontested Divorce?
Uncontested divorce can help you avoid a court battle. Trial can be an expensive, drawn-out and stressful undertaking. Minimizing time, stress and legal costs can ease you through the divorce process and allow you to spend more energy helping your children during this time of transition.
Additionally, if spouses can agree to most of the divorce terms, they will not have to put their futures in the hands of a stranger. A judge will try to be as fair as possible when dividing marital property. However, they might not understand your specific needs or consider each spouse’s preferences.
Uncontested divorces are not the right decision for every couple though. If you have a history of domestic abuse in your family or you and your spouse cannot put aside differences and work together, litigation may be a better option.
What happens if a divorce is uncontested?
An uncontested divorce is one in which spouses agree on all divorce terms and there are no matters in dispute. When this happens, the divorce process is largely a matter of legal paperwork and fulfilling the 60-day waiting period.
While you can file uncontested without an attorney, it is still a good idea to hire one to help you with all necessary paperwork and ensure that there are no errors or omissions. An attorney can also help you review the terms of the divorce to confirm that there really are no contested issues and nothing has been overlooked.
Another alternative to litigation is collaborative divorce, which allows divorcing couples to work together rather than against each other to arrive at a settlement agreement. This can minimize acrimony and streamline the divorce process. However, this only works if you and your spouse are able to work together toward a common goal.
You may also consider divorce mediation or arbitration. During both of these processes, an outside party is brought in to help you and your spouse think through each aspect of the divorce and find a solution outside of court. This can save you both time and money.
What is the difference between mediation and collaborative divorce?
Mediation is facilitated by a neutral third party who tries to get the couple to reach agreement on all issues. Collaborative divorce is a direct negotiation between spouses and their respective attorneys. Mediation also tends to be completed in one long session, which can be exhausting. Conversely, collaborative divorce can be broken up over several sessions and may include input from outside parties such as financial professionals and parenting coordinators.
Is collaborative divorce cheaper?
Both collaborative divorce and mediation are likely to be less expensive than traditional litigation. They are also likely to be significantly faster and less contentious.