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What happens after you receive divorce papers?

On Behalf of | Dec 28, 2023 | Divorce

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Texas had a divorce rate of 1.4 per 1,000 people in 2021. In every divorce, one person files with the court and the other person receives the papers alerting them of the filing.

Receiving a divorce notice can be unsettling and confusing. Not knowing what steps to take can lead to issues. It is important to understand what lies ahead and how to navigate through the process.

Read carefully

The first thing to do is to carefully read and comprehend the contents of the papers. These documents outline the terms and conditions of the divorce. They cover the division of assets, child custody arrangements and other pertinent details. Take your time to understand the implications of each clause and seek clarification if needed.

Respond promptly

You must respond to the divorce papers within the specified timeframe. You have 20 days from the date you receive them to file your answer. Failure to respond may result in a default judgment, leaving you with limited input in the decision-making process.

Prepare sufficiently

After your response, the divorce enters the discovery phase. You and the other party will gather information about each other’s financial situation, assets and liabilities. Prepare to provide accurate and detailed information during this phase.

Negotiations will also take place to reach agreements on key aspects. You should approach these discussions with an open mind and consider the best interests of everyone involved. Effective communication is key during this phase. You may have to compromise to reach a mutually satisfactory resolution.

Receiving divorce papers initiates a series of steps that lead to the dissolution of your marriage. Each phase requires careful attention and a proactive approach. By navigating this process thoughtfully and with healthy support, you can pave the way for a smoother transition into the next chapter of your life.


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