During the process of ending a marriage, both spouses typically undergo tremendous emotional strain. The legal process involved in either a divorce or an annulment is complex and includes a wide spectrum of issues, like distribution of property, child custody, spousal support, and child support. Divorce can have profound consequences with the potential for long-lasting effects on a person’s finances and property.
In Williamson County, the District Clerk randomly assigns all cases authorized under the Family Code to either a District Court or a County Court at Law. All matters filed in Williamson County are heard by the Judge who presides over the particular court to which the case is assigned. This means that the same Judge will preside over all hearings related to an individual case from start to finish.
The Williamson County Local Rules govern procedures in all District Courts and County Courts at Law in Williamson County and provide instructions to parties regarding issues ranging from general rules of courtroom conduct to ancillary family law orders.
All Family Law cases filed on or after March 1, 2019 in Williamson County are also subject to the Williamson County Standing Order Regarding Children, Property and Conduct of the Parties. According to the order itself, the District and County Courts at Law of Williamson County have adopted this standing order because “the parties and their children should be protected, and their property preserved while the lawsuit is pending before the court.” The order applies in every divorce suit and every original suit affecting the parent-child relationship filed in Williamson County.