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Whether you’ve mutually decided it’s time to end your marriage or your spouse has sprung divorce papers on you without warning, the road ahead is best navigated with the support and counsel of a trusted San Antonio divorce lawyer.

At The Law Office of Derek S. Ritchie, PLLC, we offer personalized service and aggressive, client-focused representation to people filing for divorce in San Antonio, TX. Our legal team wants to help you start the next chapter of your life on the right foot.

Move forward with confidence. San Antonio's divorce experts are here to fight for your rights. Contact us for a free consultation at (210) 702-2203.

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Why It's Important to Hire a Divorce Lawyer

Hiring an attorney is crucial when going through a divorce due to the complex nature of the legal process and the significant impact it has on your life.

Here's why it's essential to have professional legal representation:

  • Insights into procedures and legal requirements
  • Knowledgeable guidance
  • Advocacy for your best interests
  • Emotional support
  • Customized approach

Hiring a San Antonio family law attorney ensures you have a dedicated professional who understands the legal landscape and has your best interests at heart.

Why Choose Our Firm to Handle Your Divorce?

At The Law Office of Derek S. Ritchie, PLLC, we embody the qualities you seek in a family law lawyer. Our San Antonio divorce lawyers are compassionate and caring and deliver trustworthy guidance.

Derek S. Ritchie, Divorce Lawyer in San Antonio

Accolades and Recognitions

Our divorce lawyers in San Antonio are dedicated to our clients and providing top-tier legal representation. Our firm stands out in guiding individuals through their journey, and past clients have given us positive reviews.

Additionally, our attorneys have received recognitions from various esteemed sources:

  • Named to the 2023 Texas Rising Stars List
  • Scene in S.A. 2023 Top Family Lawyer
  • Scene in S.A. 2022 Best S.A. Lawyer
  • Scene in S.A. 2022 Top Family Lawyer
  • Scene in S.A. 2021 Best S.A. Lawyer
  • Scene in S.A. 2021 Top Family Lawyer

Divorce Matters We Handle

With a passion for practicing family law, Attorney Derek Ritchie is prepared to walk you through your divorce and overcome any bumps along the way.

At The Law Office of Derek S. Ritchie, PLLC, we handle:

  • High net worth divorces: Divorce is difficult for anyone, but high-net-worth couples often face unique challenges when dividing property, determining alimony, and calculating child support. We offer tailored representation that accounts for your specific financial situation.
  • Uncontested divorces: Even if you and your spouse agree on most of the terms of your divorce, it is still in your best interest to retain legal representation. With the right lawyer on your side, you’ll be positioned for success in the future. Our clients know they can count on us to protect their rights and interests.
  • Spousal maintenance: After a divorce, the court may agree upon or order spousal maintenance to help the lesser-earning spouse maintain their accustomed standard of living for a set period.
  • Property division: Texas is a community property state, which means property acquired during the marriage is subject to division. Our attorney can help you understand how property is divided in a Texas divorce and work toward a favorable resolution for you.

Protect your assets and get the best possible outcome with skilled divorce lawyers in San Antonio, Texas. Call for a consultation at (210) 702-2203.

How to File for Divorce in Bexar County, TX

First, hire a divorce attorney near you to assist and represent you through the process.

Once you have representation, here are the first steps in filing for in San Antonio:

  • Pick up a packet from the courthouse or download Texas divorce papers online
  • Complete the appropriate paperwork (agreed divorce, default divorce, or contested divorce)
  • Make two copies of your divorce papers
  • File your original papers and pay the filing fee
  • Serve copies of the completed papers to the other party

Before filing papers, however, the first step you should really take is to consult a Bexar County divorce lawyer. A local divorce attorney can help you with the paperwork, ensure that no errors are made, and provide support and guidance as you file.

The Basics of the Divorce Process in Texas

No one ever expects their marriage to end in divorce, but it is an unfortunate reality for many. For many, the divorce process is their first encounter with the court system, and many are unfamiliar with some of the basics of what the experience entails or requires.

Although Texas provides grounds for a no-fault divorce, also known as irreconcilable differences, the state also recognizes divorce based on fault. In Texas, potential grounds for divorce include adultery, abandonment, cruelty, felony conviction, and confinement in a mental hospital.

The Residency Requirement

You must meet the state's residency requirement before you can file for divorce in Texas. You or your spouse must have lived in the state for at least six months and be a resident in the county where you wish to file for divorce for at least three months. If you meet these requirements, the court could finalize your divorce 60 days after the initial filing.

Key Issues in a Divorce

Several key issues must be addressed in a divorce, including property and asset division, alimony, child support, and child custody, each of which can take considerable time to resolve if you and your spouse cannot reach an agreement on any of them. When spouses disagree on one or more of these issues, they will have a contested divorce. However, if you find yourselves on the same page, you may have an uncontested divorce.

A judge will always put the child’s best interests first when deciding on child custody or child support.

Below are some of the factors a judge will consider when determining custody:

  • The child’s emotional needs
  • The relationship the child has with each parent
  • The child’s developmental needs
  • The child’s age
  • Each parent’s work schedule
  • Each parent’s lifestyle and ability to provide for the child
  • In some cases, the child’s preference may be considered
  • Whether either parent has a history of domestic abuse or substance abuse
  • Any other factors a judge may consider pertinent to supporting the child’s best interests

When it comes to dividing property and assets, Texas is a community property state, which means all marital property will be divided equally.

Additionally, alimony is only granted under specific circumstances. For example, the court will examine the duration of the marriage, any contributions a spouse made as a homemaker, and the earning ability of the spouse seeking alimony.

Count on Us for Trusted Guidance Every Step of the Way

Though we will strive to help you finalize your divorce through mediation, arbitration, or alternative dispute resolution, we believe no one should feel pressured to accept a less-than-ideal settlement. Our divorce attorneys in San Antonio, TX recognize that sometimes, litigation is necessary. Should we think that taking your case to the courtroom will yield better results, we are prepared to do so.

Getting a divorce is a major life change, and it's important to have experienced San Antonio divorce lawyers on your side. At The Law Office of Derek S. Ritchie, we understand the emotional and legal challenges you're facing, and we're here to help you every step of the way.

Our team of skilled and compassionate lawyers have a proven track record of success in helping clients achieve their desired outcomes in divorce cases. We'll work tirelessly to protect your interests and secure the best possible results for you and your family.

Frequently Asked Questions

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  • How much does a divorce cost in San Antonio?
    In Bexar County, the filing fee for divorce is $293 without children or $344 with children. Keep in mind that this is not the final cost of divorce, since it does not include attorney fees or any additional court or filing fees that may arise during the divorce process.
  • What are the grounds for divorce in Texas?
    Texas allows for both fault-based and no-fault divorce. If a Texas couple wants to file for no-fault divorce, then they would do so using the reason of “insupportability”. This simply means that the marriage can no longer be supported. No further reasons need to be given. Additional ways to file for no-fault divorce include: Separation – If the couple has been living apart for 3 or more years, then they can file for a no-fault divorce. Mental Instability – If one spouse has been in a mental hospital for 3 or more years with an unlikely recovery, then the other spouse can file for no-fault divorce. However, Texas also allows for a spouse to file for fault-based divorce. The primary grounds include: Cruelty Adultery Felony Abandonment
  • Do you have to be separated before filing for divorce in TX?
    In Texas, you are not required to be separated before filing for divorce. However, one of the grounds for divorce in Texas is “living apart” – if you and your spouse have not cohabited for at least three (3) years, then you could file for divorce based on living apart.
  • How long does it take to get a divorce in San Antonio?
    The fastest a divorce can be finalized in Texas is 60 days, because there is a required 60-day waiting period from the date you file your petition for divorce until the date a divorce decree can be finalized. That being said, most divorce cases take longer. Uncontested divorces generally take a few months, while contested divorces often take a year or longer to be finalized due to busy court schedules and complex issues like custody and support disputes.
  • How do I know when it is time to divorce?

    No one can decide for you when you want to file for divorce. The best advice we can give you as a divorce law firm is to listen to your gut and remember that you deserve to be happy. For more information about deciding to divorce or not, you might be interested in speaking with a marriage counselor.

  • What if my spouse doesn’t want to divorce?
    You do not need your spouse’s approval or permission to file for divorce. If you want a divorce, then you can start those proceedings on your own and with the help of an attorney. Finalizing your divorce and figuring out a fair divorce agreement will be a bigger challenge if your spouse does not want to divorce and will not cooperate, but it is not impossible.
  • Will I have to go to court for my divorce?
    At some point, your Texas divorce will bring you to the courtroom for the final hearing. This process involves the judge reviewing the final divorce agreement and approving it, assuming that it has been drafted legally and fairly. If you and your spouse cooperate during the steps of divorce, though, then this might be the only time you have to go to court. For all other court appearances, an attorney can usually stand in your place and act on your behalf. With this said, many people divorce and only go to court once.
  • Can the same attorney represent both me and my spouse?
    In Texas, a divorce attorney cannot represent both spouses, even if each spouse wants to get a divorce. This division is caused by the fact that a divorce is technically a lawsuit and representing both parties would be a blatant conflict of interest.
  • Are Texas divorces public records?
    The majority of divorces in Texas are public records that can be accessed by interested parties. Some details might be omitted for confidentiality, such as if a pending domestic violence case pertains to the completed divorce. Overall, though, you can assume that information about your divorce can be searched in Texas state records.
  • Can I cancel a divorce once it starts?
    A divorce is not complete until the divorce agreement is approved during a final court hearing. Up until that point, the divorce proceedings can be canceled if the spouses reconcile and want to stay together. If the divorce was started by one spouse, then that one spouse can withdraw the petition. But if it was started by both spouses, then both need to agree to withdraw.

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    "All-Around Amazing!"

    They are so excellent and treat you like family. Very professional, efficient, listen to you and they take it from there. Just all-around amazing!

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    "Absolutely Hands Down My Best Experience with an Attorney!"

    This is a life-changing experience for me and I want to thank Sidney, Megan, Mr. Ritchie, and the entire team for all the help!

    - Bryan F.
    "I Couldn't Have Asked for Better Representation"

    The whole firm was very caring and empathetic towards the situation and I couldn’t have asked for better legal representation!

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    Derek was very knowledgeable and sympathetic to my situation. He answered all my questions and I feel much better about the journey I have ahead of me.

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    If I had to choose just one word to describe my experience with Mr. Ritchie it would be, marvelous. It was a very lovely experience to have had him in my corner.

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    My experience was a great one, from the moment I picked up that phone to having a next-day free consultation!. They were so helpful, respectful, and professional throughout the whole thing!

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    Amazing people! Made my very stressful situation super easy. Always there when I need something and I love that they’re only a phone call away.

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    I was super pleased with Mr. Ritchie’s services. He was extremely considerate and very knowledgeable. He made a difficult situation for me easier to manage.

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