In the state of Texas, there are strict divorce requirements for the time frame in which a divorce can be finalized. The law requires a minimum of 60 days after filing for a divorce before it can be officially recognized by the courts. This 60 day waiting countdown will begin the day the original petition for divorce is filed with the court. This means if the couple reaches a resolution and there are no circumstances, a divorce can be completed in 61 days in the state of Texas. However, this is the absolute minimum amount of time a divorce can take. For many families divorces are not this simple and have the potential to last longer, even in the event of a mediated divorce. In fact, when looking at the average divorce period, you will find they last somewhere between 90 to 120 days after the original petition for divorce is filed.
So, how do you know when your divorce has been finalized?
Your divorce will become finalized on the day the court signs the decree. It may take a few days later for you to receive the decree, since in most circumstances it will not be sent directly to you but instead to your attorney. While it may take a few days for you to receive a copy of the decree, it will be made effective the day it is signed. If you are interested in finding out the status of your divorce before you receive a copy of your decree, you can check directly with the courthouse. You will want to go to the clerk’s office and ask in person what the status of your divorce is. If your divorce has been finalized they will be able to release this information to you.
At Renken Law Firm in Galveston, TX our legal team works to ensure you are making the best choices for the long term needs of you and your family. Do not agree to the terms of a divorce, custody, property division, or anything else without consulting one of our affordable family law attorneys in Houston. Contact us today to learn more about the services we provide and how we can help you get through this difficult time.
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Renken Law Firm is here to help couples who wish to dissolve their marriage, whether that be through divorce or legal separation. We are here to help those who are ending marriages that have been contested, uncontested, or collaborative. We are fully prepared to help you navigate the specifics of your case. We proudly serve the Greater Houston area, including but not limited to Brazos County, Cypress, Fort Bend County, Galveston, Houston Heights, Houston, Humble, Katy, Kingwood, Memorial Houston, Montgomery County, Montrose, Richmond, Rosenberg, Spring, The Woodlands. All marriages are different, making each divorce equally unique with its own set of needs that must be addressed. Contact our law office to explore your options moving forward, and find out how we can help you.
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