DIVORCE

Definition of Divorce
Your Corpus Christi Divorce Attorney

Divorce is the process by which a marriage is terminated.  Even common law marriages require a divorce for termination.  A divorce will resolve a number of issues that will be discussed individually, such as:

 

  • Property Division

  • Division of Debts

  • Child Custody

  • Child Visitation

  • Child Support

 

Filing for Divorce

A Divorce begins when one party files a Petition for Divorce.  Before the petition can be filed, Texas law requires that one party be a resident of the State of Texas for at least 6 months and be in the county where the petition is filed for 90 days.  

 

Next, the party filing the petition must decide what the grounds for the divorce will be.  A “no-fault” divorce is based simply on incompatibility.  A “fault” divorce, however, can be based any of several factors, including;

 

  • Infidelity 

  • Cruelty

  • Imprisonment

  • Abandonment

  • Confinement in a Mental Institution

 

Finally, it should be mentioned that Texas has a “cooling-off” period.  In most cases, a divorce will not be granted until 60 days have passed since the petition was filed.  During that 60 days, there are many things that must be done to look after your best interest. 

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