Tonya D. Jones

Houston Family Law Attorney

Jones Law, PLLC is a boutique law firm dedicated to addressing the holistic needs of each of our clients.

We believe that in order to represent your interests effectively, we must understand the complexities of each individual we represent.  To us, you’re much more than a case number on our docket, you are family. 

Tonya D. Jones - Texas Family Lawyer

We are committed to excellence. Our founding attorney’s favorite quote is “we are what we repeatedly do. Excellence then is not an act, but a habit.” This is the Jones difference: our consistent and unwavering commitment to excellence in every facet of our representation.

From the moment you retain our services to the very end we pride ourselves on providing superior services, exhibiting the highest level of professionalism, and staying abreast of the ever-evolving legal issues relevant to your case.

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FAQs

  • In order to file for divorce in Texas, the initiating party must have lived in the state for the previous six months (prior to filing divorce) and have been a resident of the county for at least ninety days. If this requirement is not met, the court can abate (halt/pause) the suit until the residency requirements have been satisfied.

    The process generally takes about sixty days to finalize the divorce.  This is known as the “cooling off” period between two spouses allowing for an opportunity of reconciliation. The process can take longer if the parties are not in agreement concerning child custody and/or property division.

  • The only instance in which one can bypass the waiting period is if there is an issue of family violence.

  • Yes. The law requires that one party met the residency requirements. It is not necessary for both spouses to be residents of Texas in for a divorce suit to be maintained in Texas.  Keep in mind that there are special requirements that must be met when notifying the non-resident spouse of a pending divorce in Texas.  It is best that you discuss the specifics of your case with a qualified attorney before filing a divorce action.

  • Spousal maintenance is a form of financial support that can be awarded to a spouse on a temporary or permanent (with exceptions) basis.  There is no formal guideline in setting spousal maintenance, but the spouse who is seeking the support should be prepared to show that they are unable to provide for their minimum reasonable needs.  Additionally, the Court will determine whether sufficient resources are available to the other spouse to provide for those needs.

  • Texas does recognize common law marriages as valid institutions.  Parties who are married under common law must be divorced just as if they had gone before a pastor or government official who performed the marriage ceremony. In Texas to be considered common law spouses, the parties must: 1. Have an agreement to be married 2. Live together as husband wife 3. “hold out” to others that they are indeed married.

    Some couples opt to file a Declaration of Informal Marriage to memorialize their union. If the couple does not file a declaration, the spouse who is seeking the divorce has to prove that a valid marriage existed.