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WAITING TO BE DIVORCED: THE 60-DAY WAITING PERIOD

| Dec 23, 2014 | Firm News

Common divorce question: how long does it take to get divorced? The time period varies widely couple to couple, but most Texas couples must wait at least 60 days after filing the petition for divorce before the Court allows them to finalize their case. There are a few exceptions to the 60-day rule, including family violence. Also, some Courts may discretionarily waive the 60-day waiting period under certain other circumstances. Speaking to an attorney who knows your Court’s preferences on waving this waiting period is extremely helpful.

In actuality, it takes most couples much longer than 60 days to get a divorce because it takes time to finalize the case, even when both parties agree to all the terms of the divorce. If you want to get divorced quicker than 60 days, speak with an attorney to know your options. Worse case, you may just have to wait for the 60 days to pass.

Finally, a divorce is not automatically granted after the 60-day waiting period. The case must be finalized with the Court. A family-law attorney can help you finalize your case promptly and in the way that best protects your interests.