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Divorce petition features several important details

The thought of getting divorced can understandably be overwhelming, both financially and emotionally. However, the actual process of filing for divorce can be just as overwhelming. Understanding the contents of a divorce petition is critical when filing one in court in Texas.

The divorce process is initiated with the filing of the divorce petition in court. This document contains information such as the names and address of the married couple as well as their marriage date and location. The spouse filing the petition, known as the petitioner, also must identify the couple's children on this form.

The divorce petition also features an acknowledgment that either spouse or both spouses have resided in the state for a specified period of time before the petition was filed. The grounds for divorce are also included on this document. In addition, the petitioner may be able to spell out how he or she would like to settle matters such as visitation, child custody, finances and property division. The petitioner may also ask the court to issue temporary orders regarding matters such as which parent will have primary custody of the children pending the outcome of the divorce.

After filing the divorce petition, knowing what to do and where to turn can be confusing in light of the many issues that must be addressed. However, an attorney in Texas can provide guidance to make sure that one's rights are protected when pursuing a just settlement related to property distribution, for example. The attorney will also focus on achieving a favorable result for the client regarding potentially sticky issues such as spousal support, child custody and child support.

Source: Findlaw, "Filing and Serving the Divorce/Dissolution Petition", Accessed on Sept. 19, 2017

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