Expert Uncontested Divorce RepresentationThe Ramos Law Group is a leading provider of uncontested divorce services. All you have to do is fill out the uncontested divorce packet with your spouse and leave the rest in our capable hands. For divorce in the Greater Houston area, give us a call at (713) 597-7295 or contact us online to schedule your consultation.
What is an Uncontested Divorce?This type of divorce is a divorce in which both spouses have reached an agreement on all issues of the divorce. This is generally the quickest and least expensive method of divorce, however, both spouses must agree on all issues for this process to work.
What is the Process for Uncontested Divorce in Houston, Texas?
In Houston uncontested divorces, only one party may have an attorney. If you and your spouse have agreed on all terms of the divorce, the next step is to contact an uncontested divorce attorney in Houston, like our on-staff experts at Ramos Law Group.
An Original Petition of Divorce is then drafted and filed with the Court. The non-filing spouse must sign a waiver before a notary public indicating that the divorce may be finalized without notice to the non-represented spouse. This waiver must be filed with the Court.
After the filing spouse provides all the necessary information about the agreements in the divorce to the attorney, a Final Decree of Divorce is prepared. Both spouses sign the Final Decree. The Final Decree may be presented to the Court for approval 61 days after Original Petition was filed. State law requires the 61-day waiting period.
After the required time has elapsed, one spouse, usually the filing spouse, must appear in Court to present the Final Decree to the judge in a process often referred to as a prove up. The Final Decree of Divorce, as well as other supporting documents, are presented to the Court at this time. The attorney asks the party a series of questions about the divorce, the judge listens to the answers, reviews the documents, and decides if a divorce should be granted.
To qualify for an uncontested divorce in Houston, both spouses must meet all five of the following requirements:
- Agree to be divorced on the grounds of insupportability.
- Reach an agreement on all issues, including property division and child custody issues.
- Agree that only one party will have an attorney.
- Voluntarily sign all papers.
- Have assets valued at less than $750,000.
Do NOT use this Process if:
- You or your spouse disagree about any issue in your divorce.
- You do not know what assets or debts you and your spouse have, or if your spouse has hidden money from you.
- You and your spouse believe that a non-standard custody agreement is in the best interest of your children.
- You or your spouse wants to file specific grounds for divorce, such as cruelty or adultery. An uncontested divorce provides for a no-fault divorce only and will be listed as “insupportability.”
- You or your spouse has an ongoing bankruptcy case.
- There is an existing attorney general order or if the attorney general is involved.
Additional Factors to Consider:Wife has had a child by someone other than the husband since the date of marriage.
- Even if a husband and wife have been separated for a long period of time, any child born during the marriage is presumed to be the husband’s child and must be included in your uncontested divorce in Houston.
- The biological father of the child must be added as an additional party to the divorce.
- The biological father must also meet the requirements for the spouses above.
- An additional fee will be assessed for adding a third party to the divorce.
Filing a Divorce with the Ramos Law Group
To get started, please complete the uncontested divorce reduced retainer contract and client questionnaire along with submitting your payment in the amount of your total fees via our law pay portal.
We will prepare your petition for divorce and waiver of service within 7-10 business days from the date your contract and questionnaire are received & accepted. After receipt of your waiver of service, a draft of your divorce decree will be prepared for your review and we will contact you to schedule a date to finalize your uncontested divorce in Houston with the Court.
After your divorce is final, an electronic certified copy of your divorce decree will be provided as soon as the court has imaged the order and made it available online. Alternatively, we will mail a request for a certified copy along with payment for the same on your behalf to the district clerk’s office in the county in question. Please be aware that the U.S. postal service option may take an extended period once the court makes the order available.