Texas Info

Texas Divorce Start Your Divorce Find Professionals Texas Articles Divorce Facts Divorce Grounds Residency Divorce Laws Mediation/Counseling Divorce Process Legal Separation Annulments Property Division Alimony Child Custody Child Support Divorce Forms Process Service Grandparent Rights Forum Texas Products Divorce by County

Texas Articles

Agreements Custody & Visitation Child Support Collaborative Law Counseling Divorce/General Financial Planning Mediation Parenting Property Division Spousal Support SEE ALL

Info Categories

Contemplating Divorce Children & Divorce Divorce, Dollars & Debt Divorce Laws Divorce Process Divorce Negotiation SEE ALL

More Information

Articles Checklists Research Center Cases of Interest Dictionary Encyclopedia Encyclopedia (pop-up) Blogs

For Professionals

Advertise With Us Free Network Page Join Our Network Submit Articles Sign In

Network Sites

Texas Divorce Support Texas Divorce Online

Filing for Divorce in Texas

Filing for divorce is analogous to a lawsuit. You must sue your spouse for divorce. The Petition For Divorce serves two purposes: (1) to give notice to the party and (2) to guide the trial judge for the purposes of admitting evidence, and if necessary, the process of charging the jury. The Pleadings must state the facts and support a cause of action. In Texas, all pleadings must be signed by the party or their attorney. The Pleadings must contain numbered paragraphs which identify the parties, state the capacity of the par-ties, state the residence of the parties to establish venue and jurisdiction of the court. Usually, just the signed Original Pleading is filed with the court's clerk, and copies of the Petition are stamped with the date.

Whoever files for divorce is called the Petitioner and the other party who will receive notice of the filing is called the Defendant, or Respondent. Notice must be given to the defendant/respondent in order to give that spouse notice of the pending suit, and to give the defendant/respondent spouse reasonable time to appear or to take appropriate action. Texas states that in no case, can a judgment be rendered without. (1) an appearance (usually an answer) (2) waiver of citation, or (3) valid service directly on the defendant may be served by a sheriff, constable, or other person authorized by law The defendant must appear by "Filing a written answer" by 10:00 A.M. of the Monday next, after the expiration of 20 days from the date the defendant was served with the citation.

Filing a lawsuit can deal with many complex issues and I always recommend that the parties retain an attorney before signing any document. Remember, have an attorney to protect your interests.

Was this helpful? Like our site & let us know.

Related Articles

Start Texas Divorce Start Your Texas Online Divorce Today
Easy, Fast and Affordable with a 100% Guarantee.
Texas Divorce Find Texas Divorce Professionals in Your Area:
Join the Network
Texas Divorce Products, Services and Solutions Texas Divorce Products, Services and Solutions
Texas Divorce Resources to Help You Through the Process.
Online Parenting Class Texas Mandatory Online Parenting Class
Easy and convenient - complete at your own pace online.
Divorce and Custody Books Discount Divorce Bookstore
Over 100 Titles of the Best Books on Divorce & Custody.
Divorce Downloads Divorce Download Center
Instantly Download, Books, Manuals, & Forms.
Divorce Worksheet Free Texas Divorce Worksheet & Separation Agreement
Your Guide to Get Organized and Put Everything in Writing.
Texas refers to custody as conservatorship and possession of a child. Texas law assumes that awarding joint conservatorship is in the best interests of the child. This would pertain to joint legal conservatorship, not necessarily physical conservatorship. The court defines the rights and obligations of each parent. Living arrangements are often designated to the parent that has been the primary caretaker of the child.
Divorce Lawyers & Mediators

Find Professionals

Easily Connect With a Lawyer or Mediator
Have Divorce Professionals from Your Area Contact You!
Enter Your Zip Code:


Start Your Divorce File for a Texas Divorce


Settle Your Divorce Negotiate Your Texas Divorce


Support Forum Texas Support Forum

Guarantee Official PayPal Seal Facebook Twitter Versign Secure Site