What to Expect During the Divorce Process
Like every legal matter, each divorce is different and presents many complex issues that will only come to light once we engage in a free initial consultation at our office.
However, most often the process will commence as follows once we are retained. Our legal professionals will draft a customized petition for divorce, temporary restraining order and order setting temporary hearing. A temporary hearing will be conducted with fourteen days of filing the petition for divorce, temporary restraining order and order setting temporary hearing. Prior to the temporary hearing we will attempt to negotiate with either the opposing party or opposing counsel. If we are able to reach an agreement, we will attend a short hearing and prepare the required court order. If, however, the negotiations are unsuccessful, we will then prepare for a contested temporary hearing. At this time you and the attorneys will work as a team to ensure that all necessary witnesses and documents are presented as evidence. At the conclusion of this hearing the court will determine the issues of temporary conservatorship, visitation, child support, medical insurance and exclusive use and possession of property. These orders will remain in effect for a minimum of 60 days since this is the minimum length a party must wait to obtain a divorce in Texas.
Once the 60 days have lapsed, we will once again attempt to negotiate a final settlement with the opposing party. At this time, if your divorce is uncontested, we can have a simple hearing and announce our agreement to the court. If any matter remains contested our lawyers will prepare for litigation.
Modification of Orders: Even after a divorce is finalized, we might have to help clients modify the judgment orders relating to child support, spousal support or visitation.
Enforcement of orders:Once a judgment is made, the judge's orders must be followed. If orders regarding child support, spousal support or visitation are not followed, the violator can be subjected to contempt proceedings. The punishment for contempt actions can include a fine of up to $500.00 per violation and / or confinement in jail for up to six months per violation. Our dedicated team of attorneys takes honor in the judicial system and litigates enforcement matters with passion. On the other hand, if you find yourself the subject of an enforcement matter, we look to the enforceability of the prior order and obtain the best possible resolution.
Divorce is a difficult process for persons involve, the good news is that not all divorces are complicated. As you would expect, divorce lawyers are reluctant to ever advise anyone to take care of their own divorce without an attorney. At the Nwokoye law firm we give you the options and let you decide. It is clear there are some cases where an attorney's involvement may be minimal, and in these cases, the cost should be correspondingly minimal. You have the most simple divorce case if your situation meets the following criteria:
If your situation meets the above criteria, you probably need a simple divorce. Call us to discuss how we can help you handle your own divorce. We will include one (1) hour of attorney time that will be spread out over the entire time you are prosecuting your divorce, along with access to our paralegals and legal assistants. We will prepare the documents you need and give you the help and guidance you need to accomplish each step of the process.
This arrangement is designed to offer you the confidence to not only handle much of the matter yourself, but the assurance that you're doing it right. Our fee for this service is $350.00. Yes, you will spend more than you would if you used internet forms, but with our plan you will have access to a lawyer who have been practicing before the District Judges for years, we can advise you on the ins and outs of the offices and personnel where our paralegals and legal assistance daily file the same documents you will be filing.
Call us today at (817) 962-0773 to discuss our "Attorney Assisted Do it Yourself Agreed Divorce Plan" with our Divorce Lawyers.