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What does the divorce process look like?

When a Houston resident makes the decision that their marriage may be over, they can feel overwhelmed with emotion. These are not easy decisions to make and it can be hard for someone to overcome their heartache and be able to think rationally. The divorce process involves many steps that take time.

When a person believes their marriage is over, they first need to consider where they should file for divorce. Usually a person files for divorce in the county or city where they live if they have met the state's residency requirements. A divorce petition will need to be filed. This is where a person decides if this is a fault or no-fault divorce. Papers are also filed regarding child support and child custody if children are involved in the relationship. Once the divorce papers have been filed in court they will need to be served to the other spouse which is when they are physically presented to the other person. Once a person is served with the papers they will need to answer them by the deadline. After this point the divorce enters into a mediation where the parties work out their differences in regards to property and children.

A legal professional skilled in family law can help a person with the steps that are involved in a divorce. They have the skills to show their clients what should be addressed during a divorce and how that can help a person begin their new life once the divorce is finalized. The divorce process is different for each couple and there can be many complications.

No one ever expects their marriage will end in a divorce, but for thousands of Houston residents, this is the reality. Knowing the divorce process ahead of time can help tackle the potential ordeal of divorce and help a person feel more prepared for what is going to happen.

Source: family.findlaw.com, "How to divorce", accessed on June 14, 2016

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