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Information about divorce in Texas with and without children.
Last Updated: Sep 11, 2014 URL: http://guides.sll.texas.gov/divorce Print Guide RSS Updates

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Resources at the State Law Library

Below are some library resources that may answer your divorce questions. If you are involved in litigation and are looking for legal forms, click on the "Practice Aids" tab above for a listing of family law practice guides.

We have many other family law resources in addition to the highlights we present below. Please call us at (512) 463-1722 if you have questions.

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How to do your own divorce in Texas - Ed Sherman
Call Number: KFT 535 S5 2009
ISBN: 9780944508701
Publication Date: 2009
This book provides the step-by-step instructions needed to get an uncontested divorce in Texas. It provides information about divorce and specific instructions and procedures, including which forms to use, how to fill them out, how to file, how to handle court procedures and what to do at the hearing.

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O'Connor's Texas family law handbook - Joan Foote Jenkins and Randall B. Wilhite
Call Number: KFT 505 O26
Publication Date: Annual
This book contains a subchapter titled "Suit for Termination." Arranged in outline form, this section provides details on the process from start to finish, including the contents of the petition.

About This Guide

This research guide is intended to help you locate accurate legal information about divorces and annulment in Texas. The information on this page is geared toward pro se and self-represented litigants who wish to take care of things without an attorney.

Click on the "Practice Aids" tab to access a list of practice aids geared towards attorneys (but also useful for self-represented litigants) that are available at the library.

Texas Law

Below you will find references to areas of the Texas Family Code that govern divorce and annulment.

If you find these statutes difficult to understand, you may want to look at the "plain English" resources listed on this page, visit a law library to access other self-help publications, or speak to an attorney.

  • Texas Family Code
    Chapters 6 through 9 of the Family Code govern divorces (dissolution of marriage) and marital property, including spousal maintenance (alimony).

Explained in "Plain English"

Because Texas and federal law may not be easy to understand, below you'll find a collection of resources that help to explain the law in "plain English."

  • Common Questions About Divorce
    Authored by Texas RioGrande Legal Aid, this Q & A discusses concerns surrounding the divorce process.
  • Do It Yourself Divorce
    This portal, created by Texas Law Help, is a comprehensive resource for the divorce process. It provides forms, statutes, tips, videos, and suggestions for obtaining legal advice.
  • Pro Se Divorce Handbook: Representing Yourself in Family Court [PDF]
    This handbook provides information about representing yourself in simple, uncontested divorce proceedings. It discusses issues related to marital property and child custody as well as court etiquette.
  • What to Expect in Texas Family Law Court [PDF]
    This is a guide, provided by the Texas Young Lawyers Association, on family law court proceedings. It provides a close look at the legal process for those unfamiliar with court proceedings in an effort to make the experience less difficult.

Forms

These forms are provided by Texas Law Help as a courtesy and are not a substitute for legal advice. Please refer to the LiveHelp chat feature on TexasLawHelp.org for assistance with using these forms.

  • Annulment
    This kit includes instructions and documents to petition for an annulment. The site cautions you to review the grounds for an annulment carefully to see if you qualify before filing.
  • Divorce in Texas
    TexasLawHelp.org provides free divorce forms and instructions. They offer forms for the following situations: (1) divorcing without children; (2) divorcing with children; and (3) divorcing with children after a final court order on custody/support had been established.
  • Texas Supreme Court Approved Divorce Forms
    In 2013, the Texas Supreme Court approved a set of forms for use in uncontested divorces—i.e., when both parties are in agreement—that do not involve children or real property. TexasLawHelp.org offers these forms for download as well as helpful instructions on their use.
  • Travis County—Special Instructions When Filing for Divorce
    Information on where to file, required standing order for Travis County, the court docket, and Reference Attorney Program.

Who Can I Contact?

Because state agencies are unable to offer legal advice to the public, there are not many official state resources for Texans needing help with their divorce. If you require assistance, consider speaking to an attorney or a legal aid organization. For help finding legal assistance, see the "Need Legal Assistance?" box on this page.

 

Legal Research Guides from the Texas State Law Library

The Texas State Law Library reference librarians have compiled legal research guides for specific areas of the law. These guides contain resources that can help you research a legal issue. The American Association of Law Libraries has a guide for Non-Lawyers on How to Research a Legal Problem. If you have any questions, please contact us at (512) 463-1722 or at library@sll.texas.gov.

Important:

The information provided on this page has been prepared for general information purposes only and should not be construed as, nor substituted for, legal advice. It is strongly recommended that you contact an attorney for advice specific to your fact situation. Your local bar association or the State Bar of Texas Lawyer Referral Information Service (1-800-252-9690) can assist you with locating an attorney.

Some of the electronic resources we refer to in this guide may be in PDF format. Adobe Reader or similar software is required to view PDFs.
 

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