Travis County Divorce Lawyers
Aside from the general requirements under Texas law, most counties have additional and specific procedural rules that individuals must follow when filing for divorce. Travis County is one Texas County that has very specific procedures. Parties are often emotionally drained and are under a lot of stress during the process of getting a divorce, and often these rules are overlooked, which may result in significant delays and costs. Some mistakes made related to Local Rules can be devastating to a divorce case. If you are seeking to file for divorce in Travis County, Texas, you should contact the law firm of Kirker Davis LLP.
Standing Order for Travis County Divorces
There are certain rules of conduct that divorcing parties must refrain from as a result of a standing order in Travis County. Specifically, the order prohibits the parties from engaging in certain actions, including the following:
- Using vulgar, profane, obscene, or indecent language, or a coarse or offensive manner, to communicate with the other party, whether in person, by telephone, or in writing;
- Threatening the other party in person, by telephone, or in writing to take unlawful action against any person;
- Placing one or more telephone calls, at an unreasonable hour, in an offensive or repetitious manner, without a legitimate purpose of communication, or anonymously; or
- Opening or diverting mail addressed to the other party;
- Concealing or destroying any family records, property records, financial records, business records, or any records of income, debts, or other obligations;
- Falsifying any writing or record relating to the property of either party;
- Destroying, removing, concealing, encumbering, transferring, or otherwise harming or reducing the value of the property of one or both of the parties;
- Misrepresenting or refusing to disclose to the other party or to the court, on proper request, the existence, amount, or location of any property of one or both of the parties;
- Damaging or destroying the tangible property of one or both of the parties, including any document that represents or embodies anything of value;
- Tampering with the tangible property of one or both of the parties, including any document that represents or embodies anything of value, and causing pecuniary loss to the other party;
- Selling, transferring, assigning, mortgaging, encumbering, or in any other manner alienating any of the property of either party, whether personal property or real estate property, and whether separate or community, except as specifically authorized by this order;
- Incurring any indebtedness, other than legal expenses in connection with this suit, except as specifically authorized by this order;
- Making withdrawals from any checking or savings account in any financial institution for any purpose, except as specifically authorized by this order; and
- Spending any sum of cash in either party’s possession or subject to either party’s control for any purpose, except as specifically authorized by this order.
Required Forms by Travis County Divorce Court
The local court rules of the District Courts of Travis County, Texas, require the parties to submit certain forms before a final trial on the merits of any divorce case, including child custody hearings. These forms include the following:
- Each party’s proposed property division using the approved form, fully completed and signed, or a single agreed proposed property division signed by both parties;
- Each party’s proposed spousal or child support decision using the approved form, or a single agreed upon decision signed by both parties;
- Each party’s proposed parenting plan pursuant to Texas statutes, fully completed and signed by each party, or a single agreed proposed parenting plan, signed by both parties.
These forms must be filed with the Travis County District Court Clerk, and a copy provided to the opposing party.