Divorce is a court judgement ending a marriage. Every case is different and there are a lot of things to think about before you decide to go to court.
Options for Divorce:
Contested Divorce – where the parties cannot agree property on division, child support, child custody, and alimony on their own, and require an attorney and the court to be involved.
Uncontested Divorce– where the parties agree on most, if not all of the decisions about property division, child support and child custody, alimony on their own. Even if both parties agree, it is still a recommended that an attorney or mediator be involved to make suggestions and offer possible solutions.
Mediation, as used in law, is a form of alternative dispute resolution (ADR), a way of resolving disputes between two or more parties with actual results that are mutually beneficial to each party. A mediator is assigned to help the parties reach a settlement. In Contested Divorce Cases, Mediation is required before a Divorce is heard in court and prior to submission of Original Decree of Divorce.
Collaborative Divorce – a process where both parties each have a Collaborative Trained Attorney representing them. It is a voluntary dispute resolution practice in which parties reconcile without court intervention, making it more convenient and cost effective. Many clients feel this is a chance to work together and have their wishes heard.
What to Expect in Texas Family Law Court
Pro Se Divorce Handbook, "Representing Yourself in Family Law Court"
Reviewing the Uncontested Divorce Process, Julia Bancroft
Financial Inventory (one page)
Financial Information Statement (FIS)
Sworn Inventory and Appraisement
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