Most women marry with the belief that the relationship will last a lifetime. Little consideration is given to the possibility of divorce and how to safeguard oneself in case this becomes the reality. Unfortunately, today a full half of all marriages end in divorce. If you find yourself in the position of needing to end your marriage, work with a Brazos County divorce attorney who will fight for your rights.
Making the Decision
Deciding whether and when to end a marriage is often no easy task. Even when a marriage is truly a destructive one, it may seem better to bear the ills of the relationship for the benefit of the children. A Brazos County divorce attorney will discuss your situation and help you determine what is truly best for you and your children.
Women also have to consider finances. Many women even today either work part-time or not at all during the years that the children are growing up. Thus, they are at a distinct disadvantage in starting a career. Once you have decided that a divorce is definitely in order, you need to know how to proceed.
Obtaining the Divorce
A Brazos County divorce attorney will take you through the entire process of divorce and help make sure that you receive, if needed, spousal support, child support, and a fair share of the marital estate. The process occurs generally as follows:
- Assuming you meet the residency requirements, first you must decide the appropriate grounds for divorce. Most divorces in the state are “no-fault.”
- Fill out the Original Petition for Divorce and file it with the district court. You will need to submit two copies, along with a stamped, self-addressed envelope. One of these copies will be returned to you.
- Serve your spouse with a copy of the petition.
- Your spouse has 20 days to submit an answer to the petition.
- The first hearing will be scheduled. More than one may be necessary if significant disagreement exists over division of property, etc.