The decision to get a divorce in Texas usually comes after a difficult period of thought and deliberation. Once the decision is made, you will need to take the first steps toward making your divorce a reality. Begin by gathering the documentation you’ll need for your divorce. Some people are surprised how much paperwork is necessary to begin a divorce, but this is true for any legal process.
The documents needed to start your divorce in Texas are:
- birth certificates for you and your children;
- Social Security cards; and
- financial information (bank accounts, investment info, deeds, debt information).
Once you have all the information, you will be ready to file your divorce petition. The divorce petition will include information about you, your spouse and your children. It will also state your grounds for divorce. The petition will be filed with the Clerk of Family Courts.
Get a Divorce Attorney’s Help
However, for most the first step in filing for divorce is finding an attorney to guide you through the process. Choose a lawyer you feel comfortable with and who has a good track record with cases like yours. Your lawyer will help you gather any necessary documentation and will inform you of the documents you’ll need. Your attorney will also help you prepare and file the initial petition.
The details of your divorce will depend on your individual circumstances, what you are seeking from the divorce and what divorce method you go with (litigation, mediation, collaborative divorce). Understanding each component of the process can help you feel more at ease.
If you have any questions about grounds for divorce, filing for divorce or any aspect of family law in Texas, contact an attorney with Warren & Migliaccio today. Give us a call at 888-584-9614 to set up your free consultation.