How long will the divorce process take?
In Texas, an agreed divorce can take as little as sixty days which is the statutory “cooling off” period. On the other end of the spectrum, a good facts custody battle (both parents are good, responsible people but disagree on who should be primary) could last two years or more, especially if a party asks for a jury trial. A good rule of thumb to apply, if the divorce is not settled by agreement, is to budget nine months for the process to complete itself with a trial before the presiding judge.
Where do I file for divorce?
A divorce without children is filed in the county in which the parties reside. If the parties are separated and live in different counties, once the party who moved has resided in the new county for ninety days, the divorce may be filed in either county. If it is filed in the new county, though, it is subject to being transferred to the last county where the parties resided together.
A divorce with children is filed in the county where the children reside, or where they resided for a continuous six months preceding the filing. If the children currently live in a different county from the one in which they lived for six months, then the divorce may be filed in that county, but it will be subject to transfer to the county where schools, doctors, coaches and so forth have had the highest degree of contact with the children.