Respected & Experienced Waco Divorce Lawyer
Dunnam & Dunnam’s board certified family lawyers represent many McLennan County residents in divorces. Our attorneys are respected by judges, juries and opposing counsel for their tenacity and knowledge of the law. Three Dunnam & Dunnam lawyers are board certified in family law. They have earned a reputation as aggressive, trusted counsel in divorce matters.
We understand you have a lot of questions about what happens in this process and we are here to help. What are the minimum requirements for getting a divorce in Texas? Is mediation required before you can get a Texas divorce? Call our Waco divorce lawyers at 254-753-6437 to schedule a consultation.
Grounds for Divorce in Waco Texas
Texas has both no fault and fault divorce. Your reasons for wanting a divorce are set out in a document called a Petition for Divorce that you file in your county. Once the Decree of Divorce is granted (the judge approves your divorce), you will become an unmarried person again. Grounds for a Texas divorce are: 1) cruelty; 2) adultery; 3) conviction of a felony (imprisoned for at least 1 year without a pardon); 4) abandonment (for at least 1 year); 5) living apart (without cohabitation for 3 years); and/or 6) confinement in a mental hospital (for at least 3 years).
Residency/Where to File for Divorce in Texas:
One of the parties to the marriage must have been a resident of Texas for six months and a resident of the county in which the petition is filed for 90 days preceding the filing. Most of our divorces are handled in a McLennan County district court.
Legal Separation in Waco Texas
Texas law does not provide for legal separation. When you file for a divorce, you can ask the court for orders that deal with things like use of property—e.g. who gets to live in the house—and temporary child custody and support. Texas is a community property state, and living apart does not make property you acquire separate property. For example, your salary becomes your separate property when you are no longer officially married.
Divorce Mediation in Waco
Mediation is an option that many divorcing couples choose when working out the specific terms of their settlement agreement. Our McLennan County district courts often refers cases to mediation prior to proceeding to a final trial.
Central Texas Divorce Lawyers
The following lawyers at Dunnam & Dunnam can help with the divorce process:
Vance has 60 years of experience as a lawyer in Waco, Texas handling all types of cases in both the office and the courtroom.Read More
Vance has been licensed by the State Bar of Texas since 1977 and has practiced law in Waco, Texas since 1978.Read More
Merrilee L. Harmon is a Family Law specialist, Board Certified by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization since 1985.Read More
Andrea's practice focuses primarily in Appellate Law, Civil Trial Law, Family Law, Immigration Law, and General Law.Read More
Thomas C. West is a Criminal Law specialist, Board Certified by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization.Read More
Jim Dunnam is a Board Certified Specialist in both Civil Trial Law and Family Law.Read More
Eleeza's practice areas include: Personal Injury Law, Civil Trial Law, Commercial Law, Family Law and Pharmaceutical Law.Read More
Gerald R. Villarrial has practiced family law, criminal law and civil litigation for over 20 years.Read More