5 Steps to a Simple Divorce in San Antonio

Is it really possible to have a simple divorce, San Antonio? Bexar County courts think so. If you want a divorce and you want it done as quickly and painlessly as possible, you have options. You can consider no-fault divorce, which can be completed in as few as 61 days. There’s also collaborative divorce, where you and your spouse can meet with a neutral facilitator to work out the details of separating your lives and assets without going to court. Let’s say you’re ready to get started. How do you begin?

  1. Residency. Either you or your spouse must be a resident of Texas for the previous six months. One of you must also reside in the county where the petition is filed for a minimum of 90 days.
  2. Filing. Petition for divorce must be signed by one spouse and filed with the court. The other spouse will then be served with documents or sign a waiver accepting service. In a collaborative divorce, this step may not be necessary.
  3. Discovery. Expecting a simple divorce? San Antonio divorce lawyers will tell you that this is tricky territory. The discovery phase involves spouses revealing details relevant to the marriage, custody, division of assets, and more.
  4. Mediation. If after the discovery phase, the spouses do not agree on big issues, mediation is the next step. Hopefully, this is when disagreements can be settled and a divorce agreement drawn up. If not though, the next step is a trial. Once this happens, it’s no longer a simple divorce. Bexar County courts suggest mediation before proceeding to trial.
  5. Final Decree. If the couple is unable to come to agreements on their own, a judge will be the final word on major issues like custody, property division, conservatorship, etc. These will be legally binding. If you’ve waited until this point to think about hiring an attorney, you’ve probably waited too long.

Even if your goal is a simple divorce San Antonio family lawyers can help you understand and navigate the divorce process. Chances are, you’ve never gone through anything like this before. An experienced attorney can be your best ally even if a contentious divorce case is the last thing from your mind. For more information on simple divorce filings, contact Jennifer Espronceda, Jennifer@EsproncedaLaw.com.

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