There are many reasons why you might want a quick divorce in Texas.
Maybe living with your spouse has become intolerable due to constant arguing.
You may want the process to be as quick as possible for the sake of your children.
Whatever the reason, your ability to get a fast divorce in Texas depends on your situation.
How Fast Can I Get a Divorce in Texas?
While there are some limits, it is possible to get a fast divorce. Texas law usually requires that a filing spouse wait sixty days from the date they filed their original petition for divorce and the date the divorce becomes final.
Except for situations involving domestic abuse or where one spouse has been convicted of a crime, sixty days is the shortest possible time frame for a Texas quickie divorce.
The sixty-day waiting period allows you and your spouse to reflect on your decision to get divorced. Sometimes, couples change their minds during this waiting period.
While the waiting period does not make sense in many divorce situations where there is no hope of reconciliation, Texas courts enforce it in all but the rarest situations.
What Is the Fastest Way to Get a Divorce in Texas?
The fastest way to get a Texas divorce is not always an option. The length of a Texas divorce proceeding depends on how many contested issues there are in the case. If you and your spouse are struggling to agree on divorce terms, it is not realistic to think that you can get a quickie divorce.
But if you do agree, Texas law allows couples to seek an uncontested divorce.
In an uncontested divorce, you and your spouse create a divorce agreement that outlines all the terms of the divorce. This agreement must describe child custody and visitation plans as well as how you will divide each piece of marital property.
At the end of the sixty-day waiting period, if a judge approves your agreement, your divorce is final.
Can an Attorney Speed up the Divorce Process?
An attorney may be able to speed up your Texas quick divorce. They can help you and your spouse to reach an agreement on certain divorce issues.
You should know, however, that one attorney cannot ethically agree to represent both you and your spouse in the same divorce case since you are technically opposing parties which presents a conflict of interest for the lawyer.
You and your spouse are each free to hire your own attorney. While a court will permit you to represent yourself in a divorce, it is a good idea to talk to a family lawyer. This is especially true if your spouse hires a lawyer.
An attorney can also make sure that your divorce agreement is written clearly and effectively. A well-written agreement can save you time and money on future litigation over uncertainties.
Contact Our Texas Divorce Lawyers for Help
Houston divorce attorneys Erik and Diana Larson have years of experience representing clients in divorce proceedings.
We are committed to achieving each client’s personal goals, so if you want your divorce to be as fast as possible, we will do our very best to make that happen.