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Know What To Expect In The Divorce Process

Located in San Antonio, MARVEL & WONG, PLLC is a family law firm you can rely on for experienced divorce representation. Attorneys Megan, Brandon and Karen have practiced family law for more than 100 combined years. Colleagues respect their skill in the courtroom. Clients respect their professionalism and genuine care for their needs.

Divorce In Texas: From Original Petition To Final Decree

Texas is a no-fault divorce state. Although the court may consider marital misconduct is some aspects of divorce, you are not required to prove fault in order to obtain a divorce. You can file for divorce as long as you or your spouse has lived in the state for six months and 90 days in the county where the divorce will be filed.

The steps required for an average divorce in Texas are:

  • Petition for divorce and answer: One spouse will have to file a petition for divorce, which will be served on the other spouse. The other spouse has approximately 20 days to respond to the petition. If you are filing for an uncontested divorce, you can waive the service requirement.
  • Court issues temporary injunction: This document goes into place automatically. The injunction sets the rules and expectations each spouse is required to follow during the divorce, including temporary child or spousal support orders and prohibiting harassment or financial waste.
  • Parties conduct discovery: You, your spouse and your attorneys have the opportunity to exchange information and gather all necessary documentation, like bank statements and property deeds. If you are filing for an uncontested divorce, you can discuss and draft agreed settlement terms and seek court approval as a final decree.
  • Mandatory mediation: The court will require all couples to attempt mediation before proceeding to trial, unless certain circumstances such as domestic abuse make mediation inappropriate.
  • Trial: If you and your spouse cannot agree on all aspects of your divorce, it becomes a contested divorce. You will have the opportunity to present your case in front of a judge who will decide any remaining issues.
  • Final decree: Your attorney will draft a final decree of divorce resolving all issues in your divorce, whether they were mediated or a judge made a ruling. Your divorce is not finalized until the judge signs this document.

You can obtain a divorce in as little as 60 days. The timing depends largely on the complexity and your ability to come to agreement on major issues. Generally, the more conflict between you and your spouse, the longer your divorce will take.

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Our representation is based on experience and personal attention. We know the law in Texas, and we take the time to prepare you and keep you informed throughout the process. Schedule your free initial consultation with a lawyer by calling 210-201-1630 or completing a form online.

What Our Clients Say

Ms. Marvel has assisted me regarding child support issues for the last 3 years. She is very knowledgeable in child support issues in Texas and also across state lines such as California. She came highly recommended to me by a fellow attorney, the highest compliment she can receive in my opinion. She is professional, responsive and gets the job done. Her staff is very helpful, returns calls and Karen and her staff are responsive to issues that arise. I highly recommend Karen Marvel to anyone seeking a family law attorney in Texas.
Karen Marvel is an excellent family lawyer, who presented at a legal conference I attended. I learned valuable information and tools from her that I now use to help my own clients. After the conference, I've called on her a few times when I needed her expertise in child support matters, and she was always willing to help. She is extremely well-respected in our legal community, and I highly recommend her services.
I recently hired Megan to represent me in my divorce. She was very easy to work with, responsive, and efficient. I was extremely impressed with her timeliness and was overall very pleased with her work. I would recommend her if looking for a divorce attorney...
I was very pleased with Megan's performance in court. She has been a blessing in our lives and single handedly changed our lives for the better . It was a very difficult case on my end and was brilliant with negotiations with OAG. I will always be grateful to Megan and wish the best of luck in future cases...
When I needed a lawyer I asked my coworkers for their recommendations. Three of my coworkers recommended Brandon Wong and they were very satisfied with his services. I contacted Brandon and he handled my divorce in a timely and efficient manner...
I have felt so important to Brandon since the day we first met. I had a million questions and worries, Brandon made me feel informed of all possibilities and confident in him.
Meeting you and having your professional and emotional help during the process of my divorce has definitely been invaluable. In the professional aspect, you are not only a brilliant attorney but you are reasonable, just, and fair. During the process of my divorce I found myself completely...
Brandon represented me in a child custody matter. He is professional, educated, informative and provided his services in an economical manner. He worked to obtain a settlement outside of the courtroom. When the case required a visit to court, his experience guided me through smoothly and ultimately delivered the decision in my favor...
Please don't hesitate to hire Brandon Wong. He genuinely cares about his clients. He protects his clients, he returns calls and e-mails, which is critical when you are in a situation where you need an attorney...
I would recommend Mr. Wong for his professional services. He was very attentive to my case, returning phone calls and emails before the end of every business day...
Brandon handled my divorce in a first class manner. He was always available to talk when I had questions or needed advice. He was a relentless lawyer and ensured that the settlement was fair and just...
I highly recommend Mr. Wong if you are looking for an honest and hardworking attorney who is more interested in properly representing his clients than making a quick dollar...
We received excellent legal help from Brandon Wong. Our family had a custody issue that had us spinning our wheels for a year due to the complexity. Brandon handled our case quickly and with heart. We felt genuinely cared for during the entire process and will continue to recommend him to anyone who needs legal help...
Brandon handled my divorce and made it easier than I could have imagined. He took care of everything, totally minimized the stress on me, and was extremely professional while remaining very approachable and compassionate...
Hired Mr. Wong to represent me on a child-support arrears enforcement case. Dad was ordered to pay child-support in 1991, and up until my daughter turned 18 years of age...

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Accolades & Achievements

Brandon, Karen, Megan Are Proud To Have Achieved The Following Legal Accolades for Exemplary Legal Service.

*Karen Marvel was recognized in Texas Monthly in 2008-2019 as a Texas Super Lawyer by Texas Super Lawyers (a Thomson Reuters service)

**Karen Marvel is Board Certified in Family Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization