How long will my divorce take?

Once the Original Petition for Divorce is filed with the court, the court does not grant the divorce for at least 60 days, a “cooling off” period in Texas laws. However, the divorce can take longer if the parties are working out the terms of the divorce, such as property division, child support, custody of children, etc. If an agreement is not reached, either party can schedule a hearing any time after the 60 day “cooling off” period. At this hearing the judge or jury will hear from each side and rule on issues that are not agreed to. It is our experience that an “average” divorce takes between six to nine months.