Texas Divorce Decree
Finalizing a Divorce
Understanding the Divorce Decree
A divorce decree finalizes the terms of a couple’s separation. While some divorce decrees in Texas are drafted by an attorney, there is no requirement for that level of formality. Individuals who want to pursue a divorce on their own can use our DIY divorce kit (which includes a customized divorce decree and step-by-step instructions).
Before issuing a divorce decree, the court must confirm that it has the jurisdiction to do so. This generally requires the parties to prove that they have lived in Texas long enough to qualify for a divorce.
The bulk of a final divorce decree in Texas will cover custody issues if the divorcing parties share minor children. If you and your spouse agree on how you’d like physical and legal custody rights to be awarded, it is your responsibility to prove to the court that your desired parenting plan is in your child’s best interests. We use the Standard Possession Order in our divorce decree, which is presumed to be in the best interest of the child(ren).
For parents who cannot agree on custody terms (AKA a “contested divorce”), litigation will be necessary before a divorce degree can be finalized.
Property and Debt
Modifying the Decree Post-Divorce
Obtaining a Final Divorce Decree in Texas
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