Austin Divorce Attorney

Experienced Divorce Lawyer Serving Central Texas

If you are contemplating a divorce, then it is essential to begin the process with an understanding of Texas divorce law and how it applies to your situation. With 29 years of experience, The Law Firm of T. Wade Jefferies is proud to serve as counsel in divorce cases throughout Central Texas and will fight for your best interest.

How to File for Divorce in Austin, Texas

As an accomplished divorce firm in Austin, TX, I can explain the law, the grounds for divorce in Texas, and then file an Original Divorce Petition on your behalf as the first step. I will generally strive to finalize divorces through skilled negotiation, which saves you both time and money. That being said, I have significant litigation experience and am not afraid to take your case to court if it becomes necessary.

Divorce can be confusing and you will certainly have questions. Contact The Law Firm of T. Wade Jefferies at (512) 379-6274 to discuss your situation.

Understanding the Divorce Process in Texas

Divorce can be a complex and emotional process, but having a clear understanding of the legal requirements and steps involved can help alleviate some of the stress. In Texas, there are specific residency requirements that must be met before filing for divorce, and the process can vary depending on whether the divorce is contested or uncontested.

As an experienced Austin divorce lawyer, I can guide you through each step of the divorce process, including:

  • Meeting Texas residency requirements
  • Filing the necessary divorce paperwork
  • Negotiating and reaching agreements on property division, child custody, and support
  • Resolving any disputes through mediation or litigation
  • Finalizing the divorce decree

Whether you are considering filing for divorce or have already begun the process, The Law Firm of T. Wade Jefferies is here to provide the legal support and guidance you need during this challenging time. 

How Long Does It Take to Get a Divorce in Texas?

The difficulty of the divorce process depends on whether both parties agree on certain issues. If both parties agree, then the divorce process may take only a few weeks or up to a year, but can also depend on your particular legal situation. That said, this does not mean that both must agree to a divorce.

The Law Firm of T. Wade Jefferies can assist with:

It is possible to get a divorce in Texas even if your spouse is not in agreement with your decision to end the marriage. If you and your spouse are able to come to an agreement on the multiple legal matters that arise during divorce proceedings, a trial will not be necessary.

As a family law firm representing clients in Travis, Williamson, Hays, Bexar, and Dallas Counties, divorce attorney T. Wade Jefferies can help you navigate the divorce process, regardless of the complexity of your unique divorce case.


In order to file for divorce in Texas, you or your spouse must have lived in the state for a minimum of six months. In addition, you must have lived in the county where you file your petition for divorce for at least 90 days prior to the filing.

Once your petition is filed, it takes at least 60 days for the divorce to be finalized. The Law Firm of T. Wade Jefferies can guide you through the laws concerning divorce in Texas. I will look out for your best interests and work with you to resolve your divorce with as little stress as possible.


It does not make any significant difference who files for divorce first in Texas.

  • If you are the “Petitioner” (the one who filed first), then you will have to wait until your spouse (the “Respondent”) responds to the lawsuit.
  • If you are the Respondent, then you will need to file a response to the divorce petition within 20 days of being served with the Petition for Divorce


After serving your divorce petition, your spouse should respond to the divorce papers within 20 days. The case could then potentially proceed as an uncontested divorce. Your spouse may still be required to sign some type of papers, such as an Agreed Decree of Divorce. 

If your spouse still does not sign an Agreed Decree of Divorce, then it is likely that the case will go to trial. The judge will then make decisions and rulings on the terms of the divorce and all related matters such as the property division, child custody and support, and all other issues in the case. 

Contact Austin's Trusted Divorce Lawyer Today

At The Law Firm of T. Wade Jefferies, I understand how complicated and stressful the divorce process can be and use my extensive experience in Texas divorce law to help guide you through every step.

Ready for a Fresh Start? Call (512) 379-6274 to schedule your consultation with The Law Firm of T. Wade Jefferies’s Austin divorce attorney!

Why Hire The Law Firm of T. Wade Jefferies?

  • Empathetic Approach
    We have been exactly where you are and because of that, I can offer empathy and help in a way that is unique and solution-oriented.
  • Accounting Background
    When it comes to high stakes litigation, having counsel with an accounting background, skilled and experienced in litigation, and who understands how businesses operate and should be valued, is a significant asset.
  • Personalized Representation
    We value treating every client like family. Personal trust and relatability are the hallmarks of any good attorney-client relationship.