The first step is for our office to review the facts and any underlying orders, and have a mutual exchange of information with the client. This can be done in person, by telephone or e-mail. We will not waste your time or ours if the relationship is not a fit. If we mutually agree to proceed, a Representation Agreement is developed based on the facts of the case.
In all matters requiring a court order or modification of a court order, the proceeding is initiated by filing a Petition stating the relief requested. If temporary or protective orders are needed, a restraining order and request for a hearing are filed with the Petition. A hearing on temporary orders will generally be scheduled 2-3 weeks from the date of the filing. Temporary orders provide for how children and property will be dealt with during the pendency of the divorce and also provide for injunctive relief against offensive or harmful conduct by the parties during the pendency. If the facts are sufficient to warrant, the injunctive relief as to harmful or offensive conduct can be obtained as soon as personal service of the order on the other party can be achieved.
The length of the entire process is dependent on the type of matter being pursued and the county in which the matter is filed. For example, an adult name change filed in family law court in Harris County will take under two weeks (except in the 310th Court) whereas a contested divorce with complex child custody issues may take 18-24 months in Fort Bend County.
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