When divorce clients contact me, the first two questions they typically ask is how long will it take and how much will it cost. Of course, there is no single answer for this as no two cases are alike. For example, a young couple with no children living in an apartment with few assets might file an uncontested divorce that will typically take 2-3 months. An older couple with a home and children, perhaps retirement accounts, with a contested divorce could take over one year. A Texas divorce cannot be concluded any faster than 60 days after it is filed.
Do It Yourself (DIY) legal services (particularly divorce) has grown with the growth of the internet. The internet has triggered a sea change in the supply chain of many industries. Amazon changed the book and publishing business, as Borders found out. Apple changed the music business, ask any producer of records, tapes or CDs. Service businesses have been effected in a different way, principally by giving users more information to make informed supplier selection, and enough information to make those selections more effective. Our firm welcomes informed clients and urges all clients to learn as much about the law as it applies to their circumstances as possible. This invariably leads to better results and, importantly, lower costs.
Divorce has been declining over the past few years while "do-it-yourself" (DIY) divorce has increased. The financial crisis starting in 2008 created many victims. Higher unemployment, lost or reduced income and home foreclosures increased the stress on many families across the country and in Texas. Unfortunately, many couples are unable to afford a divorce. We at Patricia L. Brown & Associates have a solution.
Over the past 15 years, our family law practice has handled divorces from teenagers to couples in their 90s. In general, we have seen a trend towards older divorces which is more or less aligned with national trends.
In November, 2012, the Supreme Court of Texas made it easier to obtain a divorce without a lawyer, particularly in cases where no children are involved and the divorce is uncontested. Divorce is always difficult, even uncontested, but it can be especially difficult on the poor who may need a divorce but cannot afford an attorney. But in any "do-it-yourself" divorce, the parties should consider unintended consequences.