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At Diggs & Sadler, our Austin divorce attorneys are committed to providing trustworthy and compassionate legal counsel to locals caught in the complexities and challenges of divorce cases and family law disputes. Our team is comprised of highly experienced and awarded lawyers with various backgrounds and insights, including some who have been recognized by Super Lawyers® for outstanding legal services. When the future of your family life is upended by a legal conflict, you’ll want a law firm as knowledgeable and reputable as ours to lead you through it. We know how to protect your best interests and pursue the results that you want while also attempting to preserve your relationship with the “opposing” side, so you don’t feel like you are losing someone important.

To work with our divorce attorneys in Austin, contact us online or call (512) 548-8355.

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Diggs & Sadler gave me great advice, stayed on top of things, and explained everything very clearly to me.

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Filing for Divorce in Austin, Texas

Diggs & Sadler is here to help you with all parts of a divorce, including the very first steps, such as serving divorce papers or knowing how to answer them if you’ve been served. When at our firm, you can take comfort in knowing that your divorce will start with the correct filing process. Oftentimes, many of the biggest obstacles in a divorce can be avoided by handling the filing process well, so the risk of complications or delays stays low.

Filing for divorce in Austin will usually involve:

  1. Residency requirements: Before you can file for divorce, you must live in Texas as a legal resident for at least six months. If you want to file in Austin, then you specifically must live in Travis County for 90 days or more. Time spent in military service acts as residency time, even if you were stationed elsewhere.
  2. Petition creation and filing: A divorce is technically a form of lawsuit in Texas. As such, you will first have to create a petition that outlines what you expect from the divorce, such as how to divide marital property. We can help you create the petition and then file it with the right family law court.
  3. Official service: After the petition is filed in court, it must be officially served to your spouse, who is called the respondent. Your spouse can accept the petition as it is or decide to contest it. Either way, the response must come within 20 days. Let us arrange an official service, so your spouse can’t try to act like they never received the divorce papers.
  4. Discovery process: You and your spouse will need to make detailed disclosures that explain your full financial situations and assets that could be relevant to the divorce. The information is exchanged and reviewed for discrepancies.
  5. Mediation: Oftentimes, a Texas family law court will order both spouses to engage in good-faith mediation to try to resolve the divorce without the need for litigation. As always, our team will be right there to represent you during mediation, so you don’t have to worry about being coerced into giving up too much of what you want.
  6. Litigation: If a fair compromise can’t be reached using mediation, then going to court for litigation and a trial might be the next best option. Your attorney will stand up for you in court, using all their insight and experience to argue on your behalf.
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The Diggs & Sadler Difference A Tradition of Excellence

  • A Team-Based Approach
    When you hire one attorney at Diggs & Sadler, you receive the experience, knowledge and insight of our team.
  • Always Prepared for Trial
    Our attorneys prepare for war so we can negotiate peace. We are not afraid to go to trial if it is in the client's best interest.
  • Strategic Representation
    Each case is reviewed by our team to ensure we are crafting a case strategy that will help you achieve a satisfactory result.
  • We Put Clients First
    At our firm, the client drives our goals. We put you and your needs first while focusing on providing a personalized approach for your unique case.

Let’s Talk About Divorce – Call Our Firm Today

Divorce shouldn’t be so intimidating that you are afraid of filing a divorce petition or don’t want to even consider all the terms in the divorce papers. With the help of our Austin divorce attorneys, we know that you will come to see that divorce can be a positive experience for both spouses by creating a path to a brighter future for everyone in the family. Let us know what is going on, and how you would like your divorce to proceed, and we can tell you what should happen next to get you to your goals.

Call (512) 548-8355 or contact Diggs & Sadler online to schedule a consultation.

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Austin Divorce FAQ

  • How long do divorces take to finalize?
    We can’t give you a concrete answer to how long a divorce will take to finalize because all divorce cases are different. Some divorces will take a few months, but others might take longer than a year. The timeline will depend on many factors, such as fault, contests, child custody, and the overall willingness of you and your spouse to cooperate.
  • Is filing for divorce expensive?
    Going through a divorce can cost several thousand dollars on average. However, the overall cost will depend on the specifics of your divorce and how much legal counsel you required. The more complicated a divorce, the more work a divorce attorney will need to put in to handle it. Also, a divorce that requires courtroom litigation will include specific court-related fees that other divorces do not.
  • Does Texas have common-law marriage?
    Texas does recognize common-law marriage as a viable way to get married. Typically, two people can become married through common law if they agree to be married, cohabitate, present themselves as a married couple to the public, and can legally be wed to each other. Similarly, people who are married through common law can also seek a divorce, even though their marriage was not traditional.
  • Do I have to hire an attorney for my divorce?
    While it is possible to go through a divorce in Texas without an attorney, the complexities and potential long-term consequences make professional legal representation highly advisable, especially in cases involving significant assets, child custody disputes, or contested divorces. An attorney can help you navigate the legal process effectively and achieve the best possible outcome for your unique situation.
    • Hiring an attorney for a divorce in Texas is often recommended for several important reasons:
      • Legal Knowledge: Divorce laws in Texas can be complex and subject to change. Attorneys have the legal knowledge and experience necessary to navigate the legal system, ensuring that your divorce proceedings are in compliance with current laws and regulations.
      • Protecting your rights: A lawyer is essential for protecting your legal rights and interests. They can ensure that you receive a fair and just settlement, especially in cases involving property division, child custody, and spousal support.
      • Objective advice: Divorce is an emotionally charged process, and having an attorney can provide you with objective advice and guidance. They can help you make rational decisions during a highly emotional time.
      • Document preparation: Divorce involves a significant amount of paperwork, from the initial filing to financial disclosures and settlement agreements. An attorney can assist with the preparation of these documents, reducing the risk of errors or omissions that could delay the process.
      • Negotiation and mediation: Lawyers are skilled negotiators. They can work on your behalf to negotiate with your spouse's attorney or facilitate mediation, which can lead to a more amicable and less costly resolution.
      • Court representation: If your divorce case goes to court, having an attorney is crucial. They can present your case, cross-examine witnesses, and argue on your behalf, ensuring your interests are protected in front of a judge.
      • Complex financial matters: Divorces often involve complex financial issues, such as the division of assets, debts, and spousal support. An attorney can help you navigate these financial complexities, ensuring you receive a fair share of the marital estate.
      • Child custody and support: When children are involved, child custody and support agreements must be established. A lawyer can advocate for your parental rights and help create a custody and support plan that serves the best interests of the children.
      • Post-divorce modifications: Even after the divorce is finalized, circumstances may change, necessitating modifications to child custody, support, or spousal support agreements. An attorney can assist in these post-divorce matters.
      • Reducing stress and mistakes: Divorce is a highly stressful process, and without legal representation, individuals may make costly mistakes due to stress or emotional turmoil. A lawyer can help you avoid these errors and reduce stress.
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