What Happens If My Spouse Contests The Divorce?

What Happens If My Spouse Contests The Divorce

What Is A Contested Divorce?

Contested divorces are the most common type of divorce in America. Unfortunately for those filing for a contested divorce, these are typically considered the most complicated of divorces. This is because it means the two spouses involved in the marriage are unable to reach an agreement on one or more issues of their divorce. This can include the division or property, debt, child custody, child support, alimony, and more. Whenever this happens, most often both spouses will hire an attorney and they will go to court. The attorneys will help communicate the needs of their clients and explain why what they are asking for in the divorce is fair. Ultimately, in contested divorces, the judge presiding over their case will be tasked with the responsibility of making the decisions in the divorce agreement. If you are involved in


Steps To Finalizing A Contested Divorce

When it comes to finalizing a contested divorce, both spouses will have to take multiple steps, these include but are not limited to:


-Preparing, filing, and serving the divorce petition: What this means is the paperwork for a divorce will need to be prepared by one of the spouses in the divorce, then delivered to the other spouse. The paperwork presented will include a formal request for divorce and will state the grounds for the end of the marriage. However, Texas is a no-fault state, meaning that there does not need to be a formal reason or explanation for the divorce. In many cases, especially those with infidelity, the reason for the divorce will be included in the petition in order to set the stage for the case the attorney is presenting.


-Responding to the divorce petition: Once the secondary spouse has been served the divorce petition, the other spouse will be required to respond to this in a timely fashion in order for the divorce proceedings to begin.


-Divorce Discovery: This is the part of the divorce process in which information begins to be gathered. This information will include the shared debts, property, and responsibilities of both parties. This process can also include the gathering of information regarding infidelity, or other catalysts for the divorce. Once this is completed the actual divorce negotiations between both parties can begin.


Texas Divorce Attorney

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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