Texas Divorce FAQ’s – Pro Se

This is about filing your own divorce in Texas, including how hard it is to file your own divorce in Texas, what divorce papers need to be filed, and what the filing fees are for divorce in Texas.

This information is from Robert J. Matlock, the DivorceInfo Network Lawyer for Texas. Click here to visit his web site.

How hard is it to file my own divorce?

Not difficult at all.  There are form books available that outline the basic pleadings.  In the large cities, the local bar associations sponsor “pro se legal clinics” that assist people in filing their own suits.  Many areas also have free or low cost legal assistance offices that help people who fit their income guidelines.

If the parties have a limited amount of property and they agree on the terms of the divorce, they can probably handle the case to completion.  However, if there are custody issues or significant property issues, they likely to need the assistance of a lawyer.

What are the papers that need to be filed?

A petition for divorce starts the suit.  A decree of divorce granting the divorce, ordering the division of the marital property and providing for the custody and support of the children concludes the process.

What’s the filing fee for a divorce?

It varies from county to county but in the range of $150 to $175.

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