While some people in Texas who are divorcing may attempt to make decisions regarding property division and child custody using mediation or negotiation, sometimes litigation is necessary. If this occurs, it can help to have an idea of what to expect and how to prepare.
Learning how Texas family courts operate gives a person an understanding of the timeline and when certain things happen such as the procedures for establishing trial dates. People should also carefully consider the type of lawyer they want to hire. Not every divorce requires an attorney who is aggressive, and in some cases this can make a case more difficult. On the other hand, people should choose someone they believe will protect their interests.
People should be prepared for the formal discovery process. This involves sharing any information relevant to the proceedings and could include depositions, psychological examinations and appraisals of assets. There may be sanctions if one person refuses to submit information such as documents about bank accounts. Unless a judge has requested otherwise, parents should leave their children out of the courtroom. Estranged spouses should be open to compromise. There may be some additional chances to settle out of court prior to the trial.
The end of a marriage is often an emotional time, and many who are facing it want to get the process over as quickly as possible. A family law attorney can often be of assistance in negotiating a comprehensive settlement agreement that addresses all relevant divorce legal issues and which can thus obviate the need for protracted litigation.