You made the decision to file for divorce...
However, this is not going to be one of those quick, simple, uncontested divorces that so many Texas attorneys advertise in your local area. This probably means that you have more complex issues to deal with so it is important that they are dealt with in the proper manner by a qualified Texas divorce attorney. When a divorce is contested, it is not easy to predict how long the process will take. There are many factors that are involved, including:
- The court's caseload,
- The complexity of the issues,
- The stubbornness of the parties,
- And the tactics of the opposing lawyers.
If immediate issues need to be addressed there are ways to accomplish this.
You may put in place something called temporary orders. These are Temporary Orders that the parties must follow until the case is either settled or resolved at trial. These temporary orders can include the following: child support, primary residence for children, child possession schedule, payment of interim spousal support and attorney's fees, payment of current household expenses, and which spouse has the right to temporarily live in the marital residence. This is by no means an exhaustive list of what you can ask for in temporary orders. Speaking with a qualified Texas Family Law Attorney can help you with this list.
Any issues that need to be resolved during the pendency of the divorce can be brought up during the temporary orders hearing. The hearing itself is like a mini-trial where evidence is introduced and witnesses testify. However, a large number of temporary orders are resolved without the necessity of a hearing, which is preferable to the time and expense of having to go to court. Again, a qualified Texas Family Law Attorney will be able to help you navigate your way through the process in an efficient and effective manner.
Whether you go to court or settle with the other party, temporary orders are important steps that can help alleviate some of the uncertainty that inevitably is present in the divorce process.