Plano Divorce Lawyers
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Divorce is stressful, but it doesn’t have to be overwhelming. Come to Albin Oldner Law, PLLC in Plano, TX. Our divorce attorneys would be happy to help you find an amicable way through your divorce, so you and your soon-to-be ex-spouse can feel confident in the future. We can help you from the start of the case to its conclusion, no matter what complications arise.
Let us handle everything in your divorce case, such as:
- Preparing the original divorce petition.
- Filing the divorce petition with the right court.
- Responding to a divorce petition served to you.
- Negotiating during mediation to reach common ground.
- Litigating in court if the case escalates to the courtroom.
- Keeping your best interests in focus.
On This Page:
- Texas Grounds for Divorce
- Residency Laws for Divorce in Texas
- How Long Does a Divorce Take?
- Divorce Alternatives to Consider
- Call Us with Any Questions About Divorce
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Texas recognizes a few different grounds for divorce, including:
- Felony conviction
- Confinement in a mental hospital
When you file for divorce, you can note one of these legal grounds if you want. It might be helpful to your case, too. For example, if your spouse has acted cruelly and physically abused you, then the court should know so it can make an educated decision about issues like child support and alimony.
However, you don’t need to get into specific details about why you want to divorce. You can say “insupportability” is the reason, which is the legal way to say that you and your spouse just don’t get along anymore, and you want to end your marriage because of it.
The process of filing for divorce in Texas isn’t as simple as walking up to a family court and asking for one. To begin, you need to meet the state’s residency requirements.
Before you can file for divorce in Plano, these residency requirements must be met:
- Either spouse must have lived anywhere in Texas for at least six months; and,
- Either spouse must have lived in Collin County or Denton County for at least 90 days.
Not sure if you meet the residency requirements to start a divorce? Don’t worry. Our Plano divorce lawyers can figure that out for you.
It is difficult to estimate how long a divorce will take to conclude once it begins. Every case is unique, after all.
Regarding the timeline of a divorce, it is important to consider if it is:
- Contested: A divorce is contested when both spouses don’t agree on what should be in the final divorce petition to take to the court for approval. Each disagreement has the potential to add time to the overall divorce process. Some contested divorces can take longer than a year to conclude. In rare cases, contested divorces can take more than one year.
- Uncontested: A divorce is uncontested if the spouse who received the divorce petition agrees with everyone on it and doesn’t want to make any changes. A divorce can also be called uncontested if both spouses agree that some changes should be made by cooperating. It isn’t guaranteed, but most uncontested divorces conclude much faster than the average contested divorce, sometimes finalizing in less than a year.
Not ready for a divorce but not satisfied with your marriage? You might want to consider using an alternative.
Two divorce alternatives that might help include:
- Collaborative law: A collaborative law divorce is completed out of the courtroom in a private setting that keeps control of the situation between you and your spouse. With your divorce attorney by your side, you can be ready to collaborate without the stress of going into litigation.
- Mediation: During divorce mediation, a neutral mediator helps steer negotiations between you and your spouse without trying to directly influence decisions. The mediator is there to answer legal questions and encourage cooperation, but can’t take sides. You can also bring an attorney to help you during mediation.
You might have heard about legal separation from friends in other states who wanted to “test out” divorce before making the final choice. However, legal separation is not a recognized divorce alternative in Texas.
Our Plano divorce lawyers are standing by to help you make sense of your divorce. We are certain that you will see that divorce can be a smooth, positive process when you are led by experienced attorneys. Come see what we mean by working with Albin Oldner Law, PLLC today.
Dial (214) 225-4325 whenever you are ready to speak with a Plano divorce attorney.