In the state of Texas, a divorce cannot be finalized until at least 60 days after it was filed as a general rule. Oftentimes, it takes longer than this depending on the circumstances of the divorce. A divorce will be longer and take more time if there are children and custody arguments involved. If the divorce is not amicable, then this will certainly make it longer and more drawn out as parties will typically not want to talk with one another. In some circumstances, it may be necessary to hire a mediator who can be involved in the case and counsel both parties in how to work together towards the goal of obtaining a firm and solid divorce.
In order to close a divorce, the couple must agree on the terms of the settlement. Settlements may negotiate who gets what marital property after the divorce or who is given visitation rights and who will have primary custody of the children. In addition, a settlement will normally discuss who will be responsible to pay spousal support or alimony, and whether or not the parties will need to stay within a specified distance of each other. In some cases, one spouse may want a restraining order against the other, especially if there are allegations of domestic abuse in the relationships.
All of this to say, a divorce will be declared final in a court setting by a judge at least 60 days after the divorce was filed. 60 days is an unusually short amount of time to negotiate all the settlements of a divorce, so you should plan for your divorce to take longer than this. If spouses are not in agreement, it normally takes about six months to one year for the two parties to come to terms and arrive at a settlement that can be finalized. In some circumstances it may even take longer, so discuss your case with a professional Dallas family lawyer if you want to try and make your divorce go as smoothly and swiftly as possible!