Filing Divorce Papers in Texas
While some people choose to hire an attorney, you can complete the divorce process on your own and from your own home. This includes everything from filing the necessary forms to finalizing the divorce with the court.
Filing divorce papers in Texas does not have to a stressful, challenging experience. In many cases, a marriage can be dissolved amicably and without great expense. Having the right online divorce forms and helpful instructions can go a long way toward achieving your post-dissolution goals.
What Forms Must be Filed for a Texas Divorce Case?
Where to File Divorce Papers
Filing Fees for Texas Divorce Papers
Local divorce courts impose filing fees which are mandatory and must be paid at the time the Petition is filed. Without paying the filing fees, the court will not accept your Petition for Divorce.
There are ways to avoid the filing fee, depending on the filer’s financial situation. Individuals with little income or who receive government benefits could be entitled to a waiver of filing fees for their divorce. Seeking a waiver requires you to file a document known as an Affidavit of Indigency. Once the affidavit is filed, the court will review your income and determine whether you are entitled to file your divorce papers without paying the fee.
Service of Process
It is not enough to simply file the necessary paperwork and wait for a divorce decree to be issued. Anyone filing for divorce in Texas must also notify their spouse of the divorce (i.e., serve those divorce papers on their spouse) before their marriage can be dissolved.
The responding spouse may agree to waive service of process. When this happens, the Petitioner can file a signed waiver of service to help speed up the process.
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