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Uncontested divorce in Texas

When couples understand that they cannot stay together any longer, they have two ways of calling it quits:

  • Initiating a contested divorce. This option works only for those couples who have serious disputes concerning some important dissolution matters. That is why spouses have to get legal support to be able to defend their interests in court. This type of dissolution is usually extremely expensive, as apart from filing fees, spouses need to pay for lawyers. Texas attorney can charge up to $1000 per hour, so contested divorce turns into a huge financial burden. Moreover, a contested divorce usually lasts for months with multiple trials, making it quite stressful for all parties involved.
  • Filing for an uncontested divorce. This option allows divorcing spouses to spend less money and time since they already agreed on how they would divide property or share child custody after their marriage is over. Therefore, they may present their case in court without involving legal professionals. Also, such divorces are finalized in a shorter period of time than contested ones as there is no need for multiple hearings.

However, even if you and your ex are in a full agreement and are ready to file for uncontested dissolution, you still need to face the task of searching for and filling out the documents correctly. The problem is that even if you try to do it on your own and search for forms on the Web, there is a chance that you’ll find outdated or incorrect documents. So what can you do in this case? Use OnlineDivorcer!

Our company has been among the leaders of online divorce market for 12 years. Within that time, we have managed to help thousands of couples to end their marriage without stress and hassle. Working with us, you will get a full packet of documents prepared specifically for your case at the best price along with filing instructions to help you figure out what’s next.

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Filing for divorce in Texas without a lawyer

If you intend to file for an uncontested divorce in Texas without legal help, follow these steps:

  • Make sure that you and your spouse fulfill the residency requirements. The former requirement is satisfied when either partner has lived in the state of Texas for half a year before any document filings begin. Please note that it does not matter where the marriage took place.
  • Fill in all the needed forms.
  • File the document package and pay the filing fee.
  • Serve your spouse. In Texas, you are allowed to hand the paperwork to your spouse on your own. Alternatively, you can ask a county sheriff to serve the papers.
  • Attend a short hearing scheduled by the clerk. In Texas, you and your ex have to be present on the hearing so that judge can asks you some questions concerning the case.
  • Wait for the appropriate decision to be issued.

How to complete a do it yourself divorce in Texas?

DIY divorce in Texas may become the best option for those who cannot afford to hire a lawyer. However, let’s see whether this way of ending a marriage is really convenient and fast:

  • Check whether you meet the residency requirements of the state. Also, make sure that you are in agreement with your spouse to file for uncontested dissolution.
  • Visit the website of your state and look for any divorce-related information that may come in handy.
  • You also need to search for all the required divorce forms on that website. If you do not know for sure what forms you need, read through each one to determine it or get legal advice.
  • If you and your spouse have children, look for state child support and custody guidelines.
  • Find out whether you need to attend parenting classes before the divorce hearings.
  • Fill out the divorce forms you’ve found. However, do not forget to google terms and phrases that you do not know as you might not answer some of the questions correctly otherwise.
  • Do not forget that some fields have to be left blank for the lawyer or a county clerk to fill out.
  • Check whether you need to attend any classes to represent yourself in court.
  • Print, sign, and file the paperwork. The following steps are similar to those in the section above. However, there might be a few additional ones if you have children.
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Texas divorce forms

There are many different forms that you may need to file depending your specific case. You may check some of the most frequently required ones here:

  • Original Petition for Divorce
  • Civil Case Information Sheet
  • Information on Suit Affecting the Relationship
  • Income Withholding Order for Support

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In order to get your TX divorce forms filled out, you will need to have the following information on your hands:

  • Your and your spouse’s full name and date of birth.
  • Date and location of your marriage.
  • Your and your spouse’s current address, as well as the address of all real property you own.
  • Full names, dates of birth, and current address of your children.
  • Information about your income, debt, insurance, and taxes.
  • Workplace information – both yours and spouse’s.
  • Info about vehicles you both own, such as model, make, year, and VIN.
  • SSN and driver’s license number.
  • Information about any previous court cases involving you or your children.
  • Description of property you and your spouse own.
  • Financial accounts information.

There might be some additional details required depending on your individual case.

Things you need to know


You have to file Original Petition for Divorce with the court in the county of your residence. The documents then have to be served to the other spouse by the filing spouse or the county sheriff. Your ex-husband or wife has 20 days to file a response to your original petition

Residency Requirements

Either spouse must have lived in the state for at least 6 months prior to filing. Either spouse must have lived in the county where the petition is filed for at least 90 days.

Waiting Period

The required waiting period in Texas is 60 days.

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Getting a divorce in Texas with a child

When ending a marriage, couples with children have to decide on such important aspects as child custody and support.

  • In Texas, custody is referred to as ‘conservatorship.’ All the decisions concerning child’s custody and support are determined by Uniform Child Custody Act.
  • Parents are eligible to develop a parenting plan to present it in the court. If they fail to do that, a judge will make a decision based on information available.
  • While granting the custody, the judge considers whether joint custody benefits the child, whether the first parent does not influence the relationship of the child with the second one, parent’s household locations, how much each party contributes to child’s upbringing, etc.
  • The court also takes into account child’s wishes while making the decision.
  • If one parent is granted sole physical custody, the other guardian is eligible to pay child support. The factors influencing the amount of child support are child’s age, parent’s financial situations, expenses, and the financial situation of the receiving parent, etc.


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