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During divorce, all of life's certainties seem to crumble. You may feel:

  • Fear of an uncertain future
  • Worried about losing your home or hard-earned assets
  • Stress around how your children's lives will be impacted

You're not meant to weather this storm alone. Griffith Law is here to support you. Our team of dedicated and compassionate attorneys in Tyler, TX is committed to shielding your rights. We navigate the legal maze of divorce, enabling you to make decisions from a place of knowledge and strength.

At Griffith Law, you're more than a client—you're family. Our mission is to help you reclaim control and move confidently towards your future.

We serve clients in Tyler, TX,Longview, TX, Canton, TX, Athens, TX, Smith County and the surrounding communities.


Understanding The Divorce Process in Smith County

1. File a Petition for Divorce

Every divorce in Texas begins by filing a petition with the district clerk. This filing opens your case, and your divorce is designated at random to one of the Smith County family courts. The Family Law Attorneys at Griffith Law have trial experience with all three family courts in Tyler and can help you navigate your case and understand what to expect.

2. Temporary Orders

In Smith County, there’s a standing temporary order that applies to all cases. Temporary orders tell both parties what they can and can’t do while the divorce is pending. In addition to the standing Temporary Restraining Order, you may need additional temporary orders to give clear orders on who will remain and home and who will move out, designate who will keep the children and when, and settle other similar potential disputes until the divorce is final.

3. Discovery

After filing the petition, we’ll start gathering information for the discovery process. Discovery is a formal exchange of the collection of pertinent information for the case. We’ll create a list of questions for the opposing party, draw up an inventory list of marital assets for dividing the property, and gather relevant documentation such as tax returns and financial statements from both sides.

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4. Mediation

In Smith County, divorce cases are court-ordered to go to mediation before the case can go to trial. Mediation is where we handle:

  • The division of property
  • Child custody issues
  • Child support
  • Spousal support
  • And other issues that must be settled before the divorce is finalized.

In the case of an uncontested divorce, the mediation process is very simple and straightforward. However, this situation is very rare. Most often, from the initial divorce, both spouses need quality legal representation to communicate and act as a middleman.

During mediation, your divorce attorney will negotiate with your spouse's divorce lawyer. The goal is to come to an agreement that avoids a complicated divorce trial--all of which then becomes publicly-available information.

If an agreement can be reached outside the courtroom, the process is much easier and faster. If no agreement can be reached, the case may have to go to trial where the judge will make the final decision.

5. Trial

Going to divorce court, especially in Tyler, Texas, usually makes the divorce process much longer and emotionally challenging. While this is never ideal, Rachael Griffith has the trial experience you want on your side. She will fight for you and achieve the best possible outcome in your case.

The Smith County divorce process is similar in nearby East Texas counties, such as Gregg County, Henderson County, and Van Zandt County. Contact us to learn more about how divorce works in your jurisdiction.


How Can The Griffith Legal Team Help Your Case?

As your trusted Family Lawyers, the Griffith Law Office, P.C., will negotiate on your behalf and utilize Texas Laws to protect your rights. We will organize your case in a way that can stand up in court.

Most importantly, we listen to your needs. Many spouses and parents who have not felt heard in a relationship tell us that they feel validated and appreciated when working with us.

The Griffith Law Firm is committed to walking through this painful season with you. We will take the weight of uncertainty and frustration off your shoulders and help you find closure. We want you to know you are not alone. We'll help you navigate through your divorce case and reach a favorable outcome in child custody, child support, dividing your property, and moving forward.

Schedule A Consultation

When you are going through a divorce, it’s critical that you receive every legal advantage available. To speak with a divorce attorney in Tyler, TX, contact the Griffith Law Office today.

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