Google Paid Ads Are Not the Real Cost of Divorce in Austin, Texas
The side ads that pop-up on Google when you search “Cost of Austin Texas Divorce” or some variation thereof are misleading. Here is a picture to show you what I am referring to:
These “$149” Divorce Forms Will Enable You to Get Forms, but Forms are Only One Piece of the Process Required by Texas law
This is the order of things that will occur if you hire a none lawyer form company: You will pay the $149 to get the forms. With the form company, you will sign a contract that explains that the form company is not a lawyer, and they cannot offer legal advice.
This is not something to overlook. If you have any children, debts, assets or jurisdiction issues, you need legal advice to ensure you are getting what you think you are getting, and to ensure that your spouse cannot come back for more in the future.
Once you have the forms ready, you will call the District Clerk in Austin, and they will ask you if you are pro se (without a lawyer), and if you are, they will tell you that you need to attend one of the pro se family law clinics that they hold every day of the week at the law library. There, you will learn that you could have used their free forms, instead of buying forms.
They will tell you to bring your Divorce Petition to the Clerk for filing. Then you will be asked to return to file a waiver of service that your spouse will have notarized. Then you will be asked to return back to hand in your proposed decree. In other words, the challenging aspects of divorce are not acquiring forms, but rather, agreed divorces involve a mix of writing documents, going to the proper places to file the documents, and then appearing for a hearing.
Why You Want to Hire a Lawyer For Your Austin Divorce:
(please note that in fact, Austin has a faster system to obtain a pro se divorce than in Bexar County. If the forms are executed properly, you can obtain a divorce in just over 2 months with or without a lawyer).
The Best Way to Get Divorced in Austin, Texas–AGREE With Your Soon-to-be Ex.
There are two types of divorces:
1. Uncontested Where you and your spouse AGREE on how to divide everything in your divorce. “Uncontested divorce”, “simple divorce”, “agreed divorce”, and even “cheap divorce”– these terms are used interchangeably all over the internet. And, in fact you can have quite a large estate and still have an uncontested divorce. The defining factor is that both spouses will readily agree to how to divide things and will readily agree to sign the papers.
2. Contested Where you and your spouse disagree about how to divide something in your divorce. This will mean that both spouses should hire a lawyer on a retainer, and will likely need to attend court for at least one contested hearing. If you and your spouse are disagreeing on how to divide things, the retainer fee with us is $3,500, billed at $275 per hour.
By the far (by thousands in fact), the best, least expensive way to get divorced is to agree with your spouse about the terms of the divorce. If you and your spouse can agree on how to handle custody of the kids, child support, how to divide the house, the cars, any accounts, and all debt– then you have an agreed divorce (also called a simple or uncontested divorce)
What Do We Do at Cook & Cook For Our Clients?
Our Austin Location: 2802 Flintrock Trace #201, Austin, TX 78738
Prices at Cook & Cook For Uncontested Divorces: $1500 without Kids | $2000 With Kids (payment plan details below)
Here are the eligibility requirements:
- You and your spouse agree to all the terms of your divorce and will both sign the divorce forms; (check to see if you have an agreement here)
- You or your spouse has lived in Travis County for the last 6 months;
- Your divorce requires up to three complex asset provisions such as real property assignments;
- Your spouse does not have a lawyer of record. (Your spouse can have a reviewing lawyer, but not a lawyer that opposes the case).
I would be honored to talk to you about divorce forms, uncontested divorces, and any kind of divorce, so that we can give you some honest advice about what service you should probably go with. Our telephonic consultations are free, and in person consultations are $200. Call today (512) 900-5825. Email today: email@example.com.
Our Austin Location: 2802 Flintrock Trace #201, Austin, TX 78738 (Meetings are by appointment only, please)
To make a long story short, forms do not get you divorced, lawyers do. The cost of divorcing with us is $1,400 flat without children and $1950 with children.
If you would like to file your divorce with us, you can right now, right here.