One of the more challenging things you can face is the dissolution of your marriage. During this challenging time, you face emotional turmoil, fear and uncertainty. It is difficult to put aside your feelings to concentrate on the many different legal aspects of your divorce including child custody, property division and support issues. This is why it is essential to have a strong legal partner; an divorce attorney who will listen to what you say, a divorce attorney who understands your situation and takes the time to understand your goals for the future. William D. Bloodworth II, the founding attorney of the Bloodworth Law Firm, P.L.L.C., personally experienced a contested divorce and custody battle before becoming a lawyer. William has not forgotten what that felt like, and that experience fuels his passion for fighting for his client's rights and their future.

We at the Bloodworth Law Firm, P.L.L.C., we believe it is important to educate our clients about their rights in a divorce, and to guide them through the process from start to finish. We want to help you through the process and ensure that you have the information necessary to make the best possible decisions at this critical time, for your family and your future. Many people make horrible mistakes and bad decisions while contemplating or going through a divorce. For a list of things not to do during a divorce please click this link and watch the video "10 Things Not to Do in a Divorce" . Call or email us today to schedule your initial consultation and to learn more about the divorce process. While considering whether a divorce is best for you and your family, it may be helpful to understand how divorce works in Texas.

General Overview of Divorce in Texas

In Texas, a person can be married in a "formal" marriage ceremony, informally by common law (provided they meet certain requirements), and by filing a "Declaration of Informal Marriage" document in the official records of the County Clerk. However, a marriage, whether ceremonial or informal, can be dissolved only by a court order or by the death of a spouse. The process of obtaining such a "court order" is called "Divorce". This process is begun by the filing of a "Petition for Divorce" where a person provides information to the Court about each party to the marriage, identity of children of the marriage, asks the Court to terminate the marriage and divide the property of the parties at the time the marriage is terminated. This petition also describes to the Court how that party is asking that the property of the parties be divided, and may include other requests of the Court, i.e., Spousal Maintenance, Child Support, Medical Support, Temporary Orders, and restrictions on certain conduct of the parties to the marriage.

There is a mandatory "waiting period" in Texas, which requires a party to wait a minimum of 60 days from the date the Petition for Divorce is filed before a Court has the authority to "grant" a divorce. During this waiting period the parties may reach agreement on the terms of their divorce, but if not there are many other decisions to be made, and action that must be taken in order to be prepared to obtain a divorce after the "waiting period".