Dating during divorce proceedings texas
If you cannot agree on these matters, a hearing will be convened by the court, (if either of you requests one), where a judge will listen to evidence presented by the two of you before rendering its decision.
Before a hearing, the court may also require both of you to submit to mediation to reach an agreement.
This means that while your case is pending you are still married and the actions of either of you can continue to effect your legal responsibilities to third parties, creditors and each other!
If you are the Respondent you will have to decide if you should file an answer to the petition, negotiate a settlement agreement, or contest one or more issues of the divorce.
This lets the court know that the case is ready to proceed to the next level.
Even at this point, the very soonest your case could be over is at least 61 days because the court, by law, cannot enter a final decree until after 60 days have passed from the time of service on the Respondent.
If the parties agree on these issues, their attorneys can prepare and submit a stipulation with the court which is usually adopted by the court as a formal temporary order.
Regardless of how temporary orders are reached, it is recommended you have them in place to avoid disagreements or disputes about the responsibilities of either of you while your case is still pending.
Such orders can be obtained either by agreement between the two of you or one of you may specially petition the court for them.
Temporary orders usually concern such matters as which spouse will be permitted to reside in the family residence pending completion of your case, who the children will spend time with and when as well as the payment of temporary child or spousal support or community debts.
They may also be necessary for the personal safety of you and your children.
Remember, you are not divorced until a legal decree or judgment has been issued by the court.
Failure to agree removes your ability and your spouse’s to construct your own agreement on what may very well be some long term or financially important issues such as the amount of time spent with your minor children over the upcoming years.