Taking The Time To Get Your Divorce Right
Divorce is one of the most painful experiences a person can face, but that doesn’t mean you have to face it alone. An experienced lawyer can help you manage the stress of divorce by guiding you through the legal process and answering your questions quickly and thoroughly. Once you have made the decision to end your marriage, the best thing you can do is to formalize that decision as quickly as possible so that you can move into the next chapter of your life.
At Hope Family Law P.C., we will keep you informed about the status of your case, and we will give you the tools you need to make smart decisions. We understand that this can be a confusing time in your life, and we are committed to providing the legal guidance you need to end your marriage on your terms.
Specialized, Local Legal Knowledge
Our founding attorney, Leslie Martin Hope, is a family law specialist certified by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. With this specialized training and knowledge, our firm is uniquely well-suited to help you understand Texas family law and make it work for you.
To file for divorce in Texas, for instance, it’s important to understand the state’s specific requirements. Either of the spouses must have lived in Texas for six months and in the county where the divorce is filed for 90 days. To initiate proceedings, one spouse must file a petition for dissolution and then notify the other spouse that the petition has been filed with the court.
Texas law imposes a 60-day waiting period before the divorce can be finalized. If the parties can come together and agree on all the issues, an uncontested divorce can be completed within a few months. Alternatively, a contentious divorce that goes to litigation can take years to become final. In the case of a contested divorce, mediation can sometimes be used to reach a resolution without litigation, saving you time and money.
In addition to officially ending a marriage, we can help you manage related issues, including:
- Property division
- Dividing a family-owned business
- Child support and child custody
- Obtaining child support for an adult disabled child
- Obtaining, or defending against, a protective order in cases involving family violence