No matter how tough you are, divorce can wipe you out emotionally. The dissolution of a marriage changes your living situation, it threatens your financial security, and it can even affect your relationship with your kids.
You don’t have to face this challenging time alone. You can count on our Austin, Texas, attorneys to work diligently to give you the legal guidance you need both in and out of the courtroom.
Our Austin attorneys know how stressful this transition is. They’ll listen to your concerns and work with you to achieve your goals in court so that you can move on to the next chapter of your life.
Divorce Attorneys Dedicated to Helping Men
Our Austin divorce attorneys exclusively practice family law with a focus on men’s divorce. That enables them to have a better understanding of the unique challenges you are likely to face in family court as a man and father.
It is their mission to be advisors and advocates for men before, during and after divorce, with a passionate devoted to excellence.
Advocates For Dad’s Rights and Fathers’ Rights
Since 1990, Cordell & Cordell has helped level the playing field for men and fathers in the family court system.
The firm has grown to more than 100 offices across the United States and in May 2015 opened its first international office in the United Kingdom. With more than 200 attorneys practicing nationwide, we have become one of the largest family law firms serving men in the world.
Frequently Asked Austin Divorce Questions
How long do I have to live in Austin to file for divorce?
In Texas, you must reside in the county you plan on filing for divorce in for the preceding 90-day period and be a resident. You must also have been a domiciliary of Texas for the preceding 6-month period.
Is there a mandatory waiting period in Austin before a divorce can be granted? How long will a divorce take?
There is a mandatory 60-day waiting period before a divorce can be granted no matter where you are located in Texas. The length of the divorce varies depending on the complexity of the issues in the case.
How can I serve my spouse in Austin? If attempts to serve do not work, can I serve by publication?
You can serve your spouse in Travis or Williamson counties by the constable or by a private process server. If the attempts do not work you can request to serve the opposing party by publication.
If you are able to serve by publication then the district clerk will direct you to the correct publications for your specific county to publish. Typically, courts handle this portion themselves.
What are the specific forms I will need to file for a divorce in Austin?
To file a divorce in Travis and Williamson counties, you will need to file a Petition for Divorce. If there are children included in the divorce, you will also need to include a statement of Health Insurance Availability.
Where do I file for divorce in Austin?
If you reside in Travis County, you must go to the District Court located at 1000 Guadalupe in Austin to file for divorce.
If you reside in Williamson County, you must go to the District Clerk located at 405 MLK Blvd. in Georgetown.
How much are filing fees at the local courthouse?
In Travis County, the filing fee for a Petition for Divorce without children is $258, and the filing fee for a Petition for Divorce with children is $273. In addition, a citation for service of the Petition for Divorce costs $8.
In Williamson County, the filing fee for a Petition for Divorce without children is $226, and the filing fee for a Petition for Divorce with children is $241. In addition, a citation for service of the Petition for Divorce costs $8.
Are there any Austin-Specific laws that are different from how other family law cases around the state are handled?
In Travis County, there is a Standing Order Regarding Children, Property and Conduct of the Parties, which goes into effect immediately upon the filing of the Petition for Divorce. This order sets forth basic rules and orders to protect the parties’ safety and well-being as well as their property.
In Williamson County, there is not a Standing Order. In order to get the same protection as the Travis County Standing Order, a temporary restraining order must be signed by the judge.
Austin Client Testimonials
“Due to circumstances in my case and your firm’s stance in this sort of litigation to make sure fathers get justice, I chose Cordell & Cordell. One of the things I was most impressed with was their choice of attorney for me. Cassandra is very experienced with practicing in my county. I know that she is the right fit for me. She appreciates the position I’m in and has done what I’ve asked. Cassandra has been really good. I’m very pleased.”
“I am just amazed at the service I have gotten from Cordell & Cordell. … You guys didn’t make excuses or try to talk me out of anything. You may be expensive, but you’ve also been upfront about that as well. My case is very complicated and very new as far as what Texas has seen over the years. It is the my understanding that this has only been tried locally by the supreme courts. Despite that, Raul has been amazing to work with! There are a lot of negative things you can say about attorneys, but not Raul or his paralegal … Raul is extremely professional. It’s impressive to see the way the judge interacts with him versus opposing counsel because of the difference in professionalism. It has truly been eye-opening. Raul has been extremely professional and upfront. Sometimes it’s better to buy a Mercedes versus a Volkswagen. Cordell & Cordell is definitely the Mercedes, and I’m definitely getting my money’s worth!”
“Cassandra has done such an amazing job! She’s definitely made my life less stressful. She always gets back to me right away and has made sure the opposing party/counsel cannot drag this out. I have no complaints. Cassandra has done so well with helping me through this. Anytime anything new happens with my case, I am notified that day. Cassandra is great!”