Divorce Options

In Texas, you have several options for how to get a divorce. By understanding your choices, you can make informed decisions about the path that best suits your unique circumstances.

“I recognize that divorce is a crisis in your life: something you never anticipated when you married. I am not in the business of encouraging people to get divorced, but I will help you if you have to make that choice. I have guided and supported people through thousands of divorces and will help you focus on positive choices to reshape your life in the future.”

~ Sara E. Saltmarsh

Traditional Divorce

Litigation is the traditional divorce process that most people think of when they think about how a divorce will proceed. This is the divorce process most depicted in movies and television. Litigation is an adversarial process in which you and your spouse each hire your own attorney to represent your interests in court.

Today, most traditional divorce cases are resolved in mediation, as Mediation is required in many jurisdictions before you can set a trial. Mediation is a settlement process with a trained, neutral mediator to help you reach an agreement. In the event that a case does not settle in mediation, a Judge will ultimately make decisions on matters such as child custody, visitation rights, child support, division of property, and spousal maintenance. When a divorce case goes to court, it involves more time, expense, and emotional strain compared to other process options.

The Collaborative Divorce Process

Collaborative Divorce is an approach in which you and your spouse each retain a specially trained attorney. The attorneys and the couple agree to work together to resolve issues outside of court by the creation of a settlement team. Through a series of meetings, you, your spouse, and your attorneys work to reach an agreement that meets your goals and interests for the divorce. Helping to make this happen are neutral professionals, such as a financial professional, a mental health professional, and sometimes a child specialist. These professionals are also part of the settlement team and assist you and your spouse to make informed decisions about your divorce settlement. More info

The Kitchen Table or Do-It-Yourself Divorce

A Kitchen Table divorce (sometimes called an uncontested divorce) is the simplest option for a divorce. If both parties agree on all the key aspects of the divorce, such as child custody, child support, property division, and spousal support, an uncontested divorce allows you to bypass lengthy court proceedings. You and your spouse work together to draft a settlement agreement, but it is very important to have a qualified attorney to review your agreement to advise you and to ensure it will hold up in court. One attorney cannot represent both spouses in a divorce.

It is essential to consult with a qualified family law attorney to guide you through the divorce process and help you choose the option that best aligns with your goals. Your attorney will provide personalized advice based on your circumstances, ensuring that you make the best decision for your future.

Contact an Experienced Austin Attorney Today

Sara E. Saltmarsh, Attorney at Law, specializes in divorce cases and can offer you the support and guidance you need during this challenging time. Contact us today at (512) 476-1588 to schedule a consultation and let us assist you in navigating the divorce options available in Texas.

What Our Clients Say

“I retained Sara Saltmarsh while going through a divorce case. I have a new-found respect for attorneys after working with Sara. During a very tough case that was being frivolously extended by the opposition, Sara maintained impressive professionalism and integrity. I was also impressed with Sara’s diligence and attention to detail with regards to family law. I will now be using Sara Saltmarsh for my Will.”

~ T.B.