Texas divorce FAQ: Why do I have to pay for a lawyer when I don't want the divorce?

Texas has a no-fault divorce statute, which means that a divorce can be granted even if only one party wants it. So, even if you don’t want the divorce, the divorce can happen anyway. If you want your interests to be protected, you will need to consult an attorney. The attorney will require payment in some fashion. In certain situations, a party can request payment from the marital estate or from the other party, but this is usually a reimbursement for fees paid. Most attorneys won’t wait to be paid until after the services have been rendered.