Divorce Decree Options in Texas
How to obtain a divorce decree without a lawyer
When it comes to preparing a final decree of divorce (also known as the "divorce decree") you have a few options in Texas:
- Free Fill-In-The-Blank Forms: prepare the divorce decree yourself using the free fill-in-the-blank forms offered by the state;
- Divorce Form Service: use a divorce form service like ours (compare the popular services); or
- Hire a Divorce Attorney to prepare the divorce decree.
In order to combat the influx of out of state divorce form services that were doing more harm to Texans that help, the Texas Supreme Court approved 4 sets of free DIY divorce forms in 2013.
The problem with the Supreme Court approved forms is that they are fill-in-the-blank forms, difficult to fill out, and time consuming. You can access these forms via the links below:
- Set A Divorce Forms - Divorce without Children (Opposite Sex Divorce)
- Set B Divorce Forms - Divorce with Children (Opposite Sex Divorce)
- Set C Divorce Forms - Divorce with Children and Final Court Order
- Set D Divorce Forms - Divorce without Children (Same Sex Divorce)
Hire an Attorney
Unfortunately, some divorces will require the use of an attorney. If your divorce is complicated or the spouses are not on the same page, an attorney will be your best option. If you need a recommendation for a divorce attorney in your area, send us an email.
Divorce Form Services
Most divorce form services do not focus on Texas divorces, but rather they attempt to sell divorce forms that work in all 50 states (think LegalZoom). Divorce form services will generate your divorce forms quickly and rather effortlessly, but cannot accommodate every complexity nor provide legal advice. We have compiled the chart below comparing the most popular divorce form services.