One question that we often get is — How long does it take to divorce in Houston? From the very beginning to the very end.
Let’s start with the quickest possible time to finalize a Houston divorce under Texas law. Texas has a 60 day waiting period before any agreed order of divorce can be finalized. The waiting period begins to run on the day that the Original Petition for Divorce is filed with the court. The waiting period is a cooling off period provided by the Texas legislature.
So, the soonest that an agreed divorce can be finalized in the Houston area is 61 days. The first thing that needs to happen is that a divorce petition must be filed to start the 60 day clock. Once this occurs, your spouse must either be served by service of process, or your spouse must sign and complete a waiver of service of process that must be filed with the Court.
Of course, finalizing the terms of a divorce within this 60 day period is going to require an agreement on the division of property, liabilities, as well as child custody and child support issues, if children are involved. So, an agreement on these issues has to be reached by the parties if you want to finalize the divorce within 60 days of filing Then a final and fully signed decree of divorce can be entered with the court after the waiting period expires.
If you do not have an agreement with your spouse on these issues, it is unlikely that you will be able to finalize your divorce within 60 days. In this event, you should anticipate needing to either go to mediation for assistance in reaching an agreement. Or it is possible that you may end up going to court so that a judge can resolve your differences for you.
If you need help filing for divorce in the Houston Area, you can reach Diana Larson or Erik Larson at 713.221.9088.