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At The Pollard Firm, PLLC, our family law firm in Houston knows how important your case is to you. We also understand that you have to put your family first and that there are often difficult decisions involved. Unlike most typical “big law firms,” we will be there for you every step of the way, and your case will receive the personal attention it needs.

We will communicate with you throughout entire processes such as divorce and child custody, and work hard to find the best solution for your family’s needs in the most efficient way possible.

Reach our family law firm in Houston today by calling us at (832) 864-9296 today to schedule a consultation.

Divorce FAQs

Divorce can be an emotional and confusing process, but we hope to provide some clarity as you navigate this uncharted territory in your life. Below are some frequently asked questions that we often get from clients. If you have further questions or concerns, you know who to call.

Can I File for Divorce in Texas?

In Texas, you must meet both of the following requirements in order to file for divorce:

  • You or your spouse has lived in Texas for at least 6 months
  • You or your spouse has lived in the county where you plan to file for divorce for the last 90 days at minimum

If you are in the military or other government service outside of Texas, you are allowed to file for divorce if Texas has been the home state of either spouse for at least 6 months and the county where you plan to file the divorce has been the home county of either spouse for at least 90 days.

What Is the Divorce Process in Texas?

Typically, a divorce involves 6 steps. Keep in mind that your particular situation may look different from the process described below, but generally, the Texas divorce process looks like this:

  • Filing the divorce petition
  • Requesting Temporary orders, if necessary
  • Service of process, also known as “serving divorce papers”
  • Discovery
  • Negotiating a settlement
  • Trial, if a settlement was not negotiated
  • Finalizing the divorce judgment

What Are the Grounds for Divorce?

Texas is a no-fault state, meaning you can get a divorce without blaming your spouse. As long as you or your spouse believes the relationship can’t be repaired, you may file for a no-fault divorce.

However, if you want to get a divorce based on fault, you may choose one of the following grounds for divorce in Texas:

  • Cruelty
  • Adultery
  • Felony conviction
  • Abandonment
  • Living apart
  • Confinement in a mental hospital

How Long Does It Take to Finalize a Divorce in TX?

In most cases, you must wait at least 60 days from the date of filing the original divorce petition before you can finish your divorce. Note that when you count the 60-day waiting period, day 1 begins on the day after filing the Original Petition for Divorce. However, you should talk to a lawyer to learn if certain exceptions to the 60-day waiting period apply to your divorce matter.

Can I Get a Legal Separation in Texas?

No. Legal separation is not an option in Texas. However, you could explore alternatives that have similar outcomes as a legal separation. These options include temporary orders, protective orders, separation agreements, and suits affecting the parent-child relationship. Discuss your goals with an attorney so they can explain your alternatives to legal separation.

Do I Need a Lawyer for My Divorce?

Although you can technically file for divorce without a lawyer, you are strongly encouraged to retain legal counsel to better protect the things you love most: Your children, property, money, and future. Since divorce can be confusing and complex, it is a good idea to talk to an attorney who can thoroughly explain your legal rights and options while advocating for your best interests.

It is crucial to consult with a divorce lawyer if any of the following circumstances apply to you:

  • You’re afraid for your or your children's safety
  • Your divorce is contested
  • Your spouse hired a lawyer
  • You or your spouse have a house, retirement, business, other valuable property, or serious debt
  • You need spousal maintenance (also called “alimony”)
  • You or your spouse have filed for bankruptcy or plan on doing so
  • You are in a same-sex marriage involving a child but don’t have a court order stating that you and your spouse are both legal parents

Talk to our Houston divorce attorney to get the answers you need and deserve. To get started, contact us online or give us a call!

Meet Sarah Pollard

Sarah Pollard is originally from Los Angeles, but moved to Texas to obtain her undergraduate degree from Baylor University and ultimately secured her Doctor of Jurisprudence from South Texas College of Law. She is committed to guiding families through some of the most challenging legal matters they will ever face.

  • Sarah Pollard Rising Stars
  • Expertise 2021
  • Houston Trial Lawyers Association
  • Houston Bar Association
  • Houston Young Lawyers Association

Why Choose The Pollard Firm, PLLC

Personalized Attention for Your Unique Case
  • Family Helping Family

    The best interests of you and your family are the main priority. It's the core of our work.

  • Tailored Solutions for Your Case

    Your story and situation deserve personalized attention. Every case is different.

  • We're in This Together

    Teamwork and collaboration help create favorable results. You'll be guided every step of the way.

  • Communication is Key

    You will always be informed about your case. Have questions? You can always contact your attorney directly.

Protecting Your Best Interests

Helping You Achieve Favorable Outcomes

Honesty. Reliability. Responsiveness. Efficiency.

These are the qualities Attorney Sarah Pollard holds close in order to best serve her clients. She take a collaborative approach with each client to create strategies to help achieve an amicable outcome.

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