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The 60-day Texas divorce: What you need to know

On Behalf of | Jul 20, 2022 | Divorce |

Texas allows couples who want to divorce to do so after only a 60-day separation period. Sometimes, this separation period can be waived, too, allowing you to divorce even faster.

There are some other requirements that you will need to meet to be able to divorce in such a short amount of time, but if you meet them, you and your spouse could be separated and living your own lives again in just a few short months.

Eligibility for a 60-day divorce

To go through a 60-day divorce, the first thing you will need to do is show that you or your spouse has lived in Texas for at least the last six months. You’ll also need to file for divorce within the county where you are currently living.

It’s possible that you’ve moved in the last six months, so keep in mind that you will need to show that you were a resident of your country for at least the last 90 days. If you cannot, you may need to file for divorce in the county you used to live in or wait for the 90 days to pass.

If you are eligible to divorce right away in your county, then the countdown for your 60-day divorce will begin.

Your divorce may be longer if you are contesting any element of it

If you will contest any part of your divorce, such as arguing with your spouse over custody arrangements or having problems working out how to divide your assets, then you may need to take longer to divorce. It is reasonable for some people to divorce after 90 or 120 days, for example, because they need additional time to work through their disputes.

If you have an uncontested divorce that is simple and straightforward, then there is no real reason, other than eligibility rules, that you cannot divorce within 60 days. One of you should file the paperwork for divorce, and then each of you should respond when necessary as quickly as possible. Doing this will let your divorce move rapidly and help you divorce within a short amount of time.