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How long must you ‘cool off’ before finalizing a Texas divorce?

On Behalf of | Jul 27, 2021 | Divorce

People don’t like to wait. Several popular retailers grew to their current size in part because they promised very quick turnaround times on the online orders customers placed. People want what they want as quickly as possible, and waiting is something most people want to avoid. 

When you decide to divorce, you have probably already struggled through many months of unhappiness before reaching the realization that things will never change. Unfortunately, it is not when you started having concerns about your marriage but rather when you file paperwork that determines how long you have to wait to finalize your divorce. 

Texas has a mandatory cooling-off period before you can divorce. How long does it last?

Most couples in Texas must wait a minimum of two months to divorce

When one spouse initially files for divorce, there is a mandatory waiting period. The courts need to ensure that the other spouse has received service regarding the filing. They also want to provide the spouses an opportunity to reconsider the decision to end their marriage, which is why the waiting period is often called a cooling-off period instead. 

You will have to wait 61 days from the day that you file at a minimum to go back to the Texas family courts and finalize your divorce. If you have children, litigated proceeding or other factors affecting your divorce, it might take even longer than that. Many couples with children expect their divorce to take between six months and a year. 

What steps do you need to take to get your divorce started?

When you have realistic expectations about the divorce process, you can make a better-informed decision about how to handle the issues in your marriage and its dissolution.