To obtain a divorce in the state of Texas, at least one of the spouses must have been domiciled in the state of Texas for the six months preceding the filing of the divorce suit as well as a resident of the county in which the suit will be filed for at least the preceding 90 days. If neither spouse has been a Texas resident for at least six months prior to filing the suit, you have not established jurisdiction and will need to wait until six months have passed until you may file for divorce in Texas. This is a jurisdictional issue, meaning that the Court has no power to grant a divorce until at least one spouse has met the residency requirements.
In today’s economic times, divorce and bankruptcy often go hand in hand. It’s important to know what role bankruptcy can play in a pending divorce suit.
You may be able to file for divorce while you have a pending bankruptcy filing and the court may render judgment on issues such as child support or conservatorship issues. Many courts will not award property while your bankruptcy is still pending and your divorce may not be finalized until the bankruptcy has been discharged.
If the court does allow your divorce to be finalized, bankruptcy can have an effect on the property and debts that were awarded in the final decree of divorce. Obligations entered into in a divorce settlement are considered non-dischargeable, which means they may not be discharged in a later bankruptcy filing. And while creditors can’t come after you for payment after you’ve filed for bankruptcy, they can go after your ex-spouse for payment for any community debts. That opens you up to financial liability to your ex-spouse even after your divorce is finalized.
The complexity involved in a joint divorce and bankruptcy make it imperative that you are represented by an attorney who is experienced in divorces involving bankruptcy. Please contact the Ramos Law Group, PLLC if you are interested in consulting with an attorney and obtaining more information.