CONTESTED DIVORCE IN AUSTIN COURTS
Contested divorce cases tend to involve four distinct stages: (1) preliminary case workup; (2) discovery; (3) settlement; and (4) trial. Not every divorce case will reach each stage of the divorce process. In fact, about 95% of cases in the Austin area are settled before trial.
Some divorce cases are not contested at all and the involvement of your divorce lawyer is very limited. However, if you and your spouse have some disputed issues, you can expect your divorce case in Austin or Round Rock to follow a rather traditional path through the Travis County or Williamson County court system.
PRELIMINARY DIVORCE CASE WORKUP FOR AN AUSTIN DIVORCE CASE
During the first stage of a contested divorce, the preliminary case workup, we obtain a lot of information from our Austin and Round Rock divorce clients. Clients must provide us with all of the information and documentation necessary for us to effectively represent them, including income information, bank statements, credit card statements, property documents and titles. All of our clients complete a thorough questionnaire.
Once we have sufficient information for the divorce, we draft the initial Petition for Dissolution of Marriage, have the client sign off on it, and determine the best way to serve their spouse with the initial papers. Once served, we file the documents with the divorce court and secure a place on the divorce docket. Our preliminary case workup usually takes about 30 days, but sometimes occurs much sooner.
AS DIVORCE LAWYERS WE WILL REQUIRE INFORMATION FROM YOUR SPOUSE’S DIVORCE ATTORNEY AS WELL
During the second stage of a contested divorce in Austin or Round Rock, the “discovery stage,” we obtain information from your spouse and their divorce lawyer if they have one. Discovery allows us to gather information your spouse or their divorce lawyer may have in their possession and determine the position their divorce attorney will take on the issues in the case. In the interim, we may meet with the judge to have a decision on temporary custody, child support, possession of the homestead and spousal maintenance. Various experts may be involved in your case to assist with the valuation of property or business interests, or to perform a custody evaluation.
OUR DIVORCE LAWYERS IN AUSTIN AND ROUND ROCK WILL SEEK SETTLEMENT FIRST
Once we have the discovery phase completed, we position your divorce case for settlement. We might try mediating or sitting down with the other side to discuss various settlement options regarding your divorce.
We understand the last thing our divorce clients want is a prolonged legal battle with their spouse and their spouse’s divorce attorney. This is why our divorce lawyers in Austin and Round Rock attempt to settle your divorce matter as quickly as possible
IF SETTLEMENT IN YOUR DIVORCE CASE IN AUSTIN IS NOT POSSIBLE
If divorce lawyer is unable to resolve your divorce case, we prepare for trial. The length of the trial depends on the number of issues involved in your divorce case. Some cases are tried in a day, others take several days. Most often, the cases our divorce lawyers take to trial involve disputed custody and spousal maintenance issues.
CONTACT A DIVORCE LAWYER IN AUSTIN OR ROUND ROCK
If you and your spouse cannot agree on critical issues, it is important that you speak with an experienced Austin divorce lawyer. We can explain your rights and put together a plan of action on your behalf. Please call (555) 555.5555 to arrange a free consultation. No pressure. Just good information to allow you to decide if our divorce lawyers are a good fit for you.
To speak to an attorney about your matter, please call us now at 555-555-5555.