Married couples may be divorced in Texas if either or both of them resided in Texas for at least six months prior to filing for divorce and at least ninety days in the county of filing. Texas is a no-fault state which means one does not have to blame the other person.
The family courts can handle child matters during divorce proceedings, unless the child issues do not relate to the status of a pending divorce. For example, child custody and child support can be awarded despite being or not being married. However, if divorcing with children or if pregnant, then the family court will handle child issues along with the divorce.
If there are material and substantial changes in child matters, then a family judge can modify existing court orders. Family courts have the authority to grant temporary and/or protective orders and injunctions to prevent harm to children, as well as adults and property. Moreover, a family judge can enter orders granting a child to non-parents. Family judges can grant interim or permanent orders to grandparents, foster parents and government agents, such as Child Protective Services (CPS).
In efforts to curtail long and antagonizing court proceedings, a family judge can order mediation. Mediation allows opposing sides a say in the end result of their family dispute. Another option for parties to resolve issues amicably is to engage in collaborative law, which avoids contested hearings in front of a judge.
When you are facing a divorce, child custody and support matters, or other family law issues, our Attorneys will assist you through every step of the legal process.