What is Bifurcation?

Let our Houston Divorce Lawyers Explain

Photo of Bisecting Railroad TracksWhile undergoing a divorce, you are likely to hear a number of unfamiliar terms and, understandably, you have many questions regarding the divorce process. At John K. Grubb & Associates, P.C., we make it our goal to help our clients understand the complex family law regulations that apply to their case.

Each Houston divorce attorney at our firm is prepared to assist you with the property division process, as well as child custody and support arrangements and we will explain the law each step of the way, so that you understand how to reach the best resolution for your situation.

Bifurcation Generally

Bifurcation is a situation where the family law court allows a divorce case to be split into two parts. The issue of marital status is resolved and a divorce is granted, but the couple must still decide a number of issues during the second stage. The issues left to be resolved often include:

A court may bifurcate a divorce case for a number of reasons, including the following:

  • One or both spouses wish to remarry;
  • The spouses wish to benefit from filing their income tax returns as single individuals;
  • There are a large number of complicated and time-consuming financial and property division matters to resolve;
  • One spouse is attempting to delay resolution of the divorce case

Houston Rules Regarding Bifurcation

In Texas, family law courts are generally not permitted to bifurcate divorce cases. In other words, the court must dispose of all property and make all child support and custody arrangements before the divorce is finalized. Therefore, if you are having any of the above issues, such as the desire to remarry or file your taxes as a single person, you must compromise with your former spouse to settle all property, custody and support matters in a quick and efficient manner in order to finalize the divorce. While this is often easier said than done, the Houston divorce lawyers at John K. Grubb & Associates, P.C. strive to assist each of our clients in meeting their goals when settling divorce matters.

If you have been facing long and complicated divorce proceedings, our attorneys are available to help you reach an agreement that is both beneficial and efficient. For assistance with your divorce case, contact a Houston divorce lawyer at John K. Grubb & Associates, P.C. today.