Texas Divorce Forms
Types of Divorce Forms in Texas
There are three types/categories of Texas divorce forms:
- uncontested divorce forms (most popular);
- attorney assisted divorce forms (most expensive); and
- free do-it-yourself divorce forms (most challenging).
If money is not an issue, the attorney assisted divorce is the way to go. If you have experience navigating the divorce process, the free DIY divorce papers may be sufficient. Between the two extremes (free vs expensive) you have the most popular option: uncontested divorce forms.
Uncontested Divorce Forms
Uncontested divorce forms are popular in Texas because they are prepared by someone with knowledge of the divorce process and delivered ready to sign and file. An uncontested divorce is one where both spouses agree on the terms of the divorce. As such, uncontested divorce forms are also called agreed divorce forms.
For a couple hundred dollars, you can have a non-attorney divorce form specialist prepare your uncontested divorce papers for you based on your responses to an online interview. You'll then be able to download your personalized divorce papers along with step-by-step instructions on how to use them. In other words, you can complete your divorce without hiring an attorney but you are not completely on your own.
For uncontested divorce forms in Texas, we recommend Texas 2-Step Divorce. They prepare all of the necessary divorce papers for you and will make sure everything complies with Texas law. The divorce papers are straightforward, easy to use and inexpensive.
Attorney Assisted Divorce
If you want help throughout the process or just don't want to use do-it-yourself Texas divorce forms, we recommend hiring a local divorce lawyer. This is a must if you have a contested divorce in Texas. A contested divorce is one where the spouses will NOT agree on the terms of the divorce. In other words, the spouses will submit arguments to the court and let the court decide what the terms of the divorce should be. In this case, you should hire a Texas divorce lawyer to represent you.
Here are some Texas divorce attorneys that have excellent reviews:
Free Texas Divorce Forms
If you decide that you don't need any help and would like to go at this alone, you can use the free forms below. This is only a good idea if you have a lot of time to figure things out, otherwise see "Uncontested Divorce Forms" above.
What forms do I need to file for divorce in Texas?
In Texas, a divorce can be granted with as little as three (3) documents:
- Petition for Divorce (Petition) - This document is used to initiate the divorce. The spouse that files the petition is called the "Petitioner").
- Waiver of Service (Waiver) - The Petitioner must give formal notice of the request for divorce to the other spouse (the "Respondent"). Once a copy of the Petition is delivered to the Respondent, the Respondent will typically sign a Waiver indicating to the court that they received notice of the divorce (and a court's deputy does not need to "serve" a copy of the Petition on them).
- Answer - The Respondent can file a response to the Petition or what is called an Answer. The filing of an Answer makes the Waiver unnecessary as it too informs the judge that the Respondent received notice of the divorce request (the Petition).
- Divorce Decree (Decree) - This is the court order that outlines the terms of the divorce and makes it official.