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As Texas is a no-fault divorce state, you don’t need to prove any wrongdoing against your spouse. You can file for divorce in Fort Bend County based on irreconcilable differences between the two of you.
Your divorce can take two courses, namely:
In a contested divorce, spouses disagree on the terms of their settlement, meaning that the case must be decided in court. This can take a year or more to resolve, depending on the availability of court dates.
An uncontested divorce is considerably easier and cheaper. Texas law insists on a waiting period of 60 days before a divorce filing can be heard, but the process can often be concluded as soon as that period has elapsed.
An uncontested or friendly divorce normally involves a single court hearing, in which the judge will check your out-of-court divorce settlement and ensure that all the required timelines have been adhered to. Following that, your divorce can be granted.
The steps in filing for divorce in Fort Bend County are as follows:
- Petition for divorce
- Summons for your spouse
- Financial declaration, listing your joint and individual assets, liabilities, income, and expenses
- Final decree of divorce
You can file your Fort Bend County divorce forms online or at the county clerk’s office, and you will have to pay the filing fee of $310 when you do so. You can do this yourself—there is no need for a lawyer to file for you.
You need to have the summons and other documents delivered to your spouse by a deputy sheriff or a private process server at the cost of around $50.
Your spouse must sign to verify that the papers have been received—the mandatory 60-day waiting period in Texas divorces begins from the date of receipt.
If you are aiming for an uncontested divorce, you and your spouse can use the 60 days to negotiate and sign a settlement agreement.
Your settlement agreement is a legal document that regulates how your family will be split up after your divorce. It must cover:
- How you and your spouse will look after any children, including shared parenting and child support
- What alimony or spousal support payments will be made
- How your assets, real estate, and debts will be divided
If you and your spouse can reach a settlement and file a signed agreement before your first hearing, your path to an uncontested divorce should be clear.
Depending on the level of cooperation between you and your spouse, negotiating your settlement agreement can be easy or hard. The better you can work together, the easier—and cheaper—your divorce will be.
Your options to prepare your settlement agreement are:
|Settlement Agreement Resources||Explanation|
|Lawyers||If there are tricky issues to sort out, you can use attorneys to negotiate on your behalf—either with or without you being present. You should be aware, though, that lawyers represent the most expensive option.
Texas lawyers charge up to $400 per hour, and negotiating your settlement agreement can easily cost over $4,000 per spouse
|Mediation||Divorce mediation is a lower-cost alternative, in which a trained mediator facilitates your face-to-face negotiations with your spouse|
|DIY||If the two of you agree on most of the terms of your settlement, there is no reason why you can’t work out the fine points yourselves, with no third-party intervention|
Once you have reached your settlement, you need to have it drafted as a legal agreement for you and your spouse to sign.
You can have your agreement drawn up by a lawyer, but you will incur costs of around $1,500 for this service—you may even find the lawyer you choose will question your settlement terms and push you towards renegotiating the deal.
An alternative is to use an online divorce service to get a template for you to fill out. You need to be careful, though, as many of the templates available are highly generic and may not cover your exact needs. If your agreement doesn’t tick all the boxes, the judge in your case may reject it and order a trial.
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Our Divorce Settlement Agreement product is the perfect way to achieve this—no need for lawyers’ expenses or cut-and-paste exercises. You get a tailor-made, watertight agreement that will pass muster with the judge at your divorce hearing.
Setting your agreement up with DoNotPay is easy:
- Subscribe to DoNotPay
- Search for the Divorce Settlement Agreement product
- Answer the short questionnaire to provide the details of your settlement
Once we have all the terms you have agreed on, we will create your settlement document in a flash. You and your spouse will need to sign it in the presence of a notary.
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