Divorce Attorneys Serving San Antonio
Legal Representation for Divorce and Family Law in Texas
The divorce process can be an emotionally taxing experience for someone who has never been through it before or is unfamiliar with the legal system. However, it is possible to face this process with confidence that your interests will be asserted and your voice will be heard. The San Antonio divorce lawyers at Calfas Law Group are qualified to assist you with these issues and properly guide you through your divorce.
You Can Trust Our Divorce Attorneys in San Antonio, TX
Every member of our team is familiar with the local courts.
We have represented numerous clients in divorce cases over the years.
Our highest priority is ensuring your receive the best possible outcome.
We are known for litigation, so we are not afraid to take cases to court if necessary.
If you are facing the end of your marriage, our firm is ready to help you enter the next chapter of your life. Call 210-405-8315 today.
Texas Divorce Court Process
It's estimated that over 50 percent of first-time marriages, 65 percent of second marriages, and almost 75 percent of third marriages end in divorce. Divorce is painful and confusing enough without having to go through it alone and unprepared. You need an experienced and knowledgeable firm to protect you and what’s most important—your family.
Anyone can claim to fight for you, but you need to know how to fight if you want to maximize your chances of success and protecting your rights. This is where our San Antonio divorce lawyers can help. Generally, there are three main topics that will be handled during your divorce:
- Dividing assets and money earned during the marriage
- Establishing conservatorship, visitation and child support
- Depending on the facts, spousal maintenance
Types of Divorce in Texas
The state of Texas has four different types of divorce:
- Uncontested - Both parties can agree on how to split assets, property, spousal support, and child support. This type of divorce is the fastest, although it is recommended each party still retain his or her own legal counsel to make sure that important rights are not being overlooked and forfeited.
- Contested - This type of divorce happens when the parties cannot agree on how to dissolve the marriage. One spouse will have to petition and the other spouse will have to be served. Both parties will need lawyers. This type of divorce goes to court and is seen before a judge.
- Mediated - In this type of divorce, a neutral third party will help both parties reach an agreement. This type of divorce usually happens at the lawyer's office.
- Collaborative - This divorce process is similar to a mediated divorce. The difference is that both parties will have their own attorneys and there will also be a neutral party between the two sides.
Grounds for Divorce in Texas
There are seven legal grounds for divorce in the state of Texas. One ground (insupportability) results in a “no-fault” divorce, meaning neither party is accused of any wrongdoing or is held responsible for the end of the marriage. This is simply when you and your spouse have decided to end your relationship and move on with your lives separately. The other six grounds require a spouse to be assigned fault.
The other grounds for divorce in Texas include:
- Conviction of felony
- Abandonment (of at least one year with intent to abandon)
- Confinement to a psychiatric hospital for at least three years
- Living apart (for at least three years)
If your spouse disagrees with any information detailed in your divorce papers, he or she can “contest” the divorce and you will have court appearances to resolve any issues. If all issues and information in the divorce documents are agreed upon by both spouses, this is considered an “uncontested divorce.”
Cost to File for Divorce in Texas
Divorce costs depend on the complexity of a couple’s marriage and the difficulty of dissolving their union. Bexar County couples considering divorce should prepare to pay fees including:
- Filing fee for a divorce or annulment without children: $293
- Filing fee for a divorce or annulment with children: $344
- Fee for an issuance of citation: $85
- Fee for services by certified mail: $85
- Copy fees: $1 per page, or $2 for a certified copy
- Change of name certificate during divorce: $10
In addition, couples could expect to pay varying rates for attorneys, mediators, custody evaluators, and other specialized assistance.
If an individual is unable to afford the filing fees, they may fill out a Statement of Inability to Afford Payment of Court Costs. A judge will review the paperwork to determine whether to approve or deny the application.
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To file for divorce in Texas, at least one spouse has to have been a resident of the state for a minimum of six continuous months and a resident of the county in which the divorce is filed for at least 90 days. A divorce can be granted by a judge 60 days after the initial petition is filed. However, if the spouses are not in agreement, it may take several months to a year before the divorce can be finalized.
Whether you need assistance filing your divorce papers, negotiating spousal support or alimony, or simply have questions, we are ready to partner with you at this difficult time and ensure that divorce is completed as efficiently and favorably as possible.
Our dedicated team of San Antonio divorce attorneys is ready to hear from you. Contact us today to request an initial consultation to discuss your legal options.