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Chapter One - General Information Chapter 2 - Property Issues in the Texas Divorce Chapter 3 - Issues Regarding Children in the Texas Divorce
Chapter 4 - Getting Started On Your Divorce Chapter 5 - Proving Your Spouse Has Been Notified Chapter Six - Completing Your Texas Divorce Case

Chapter One - General Information

Can I get a divorce in Texas?  (Residency Requirements)
Do I need a lawyer?
Why should I do my own divorce instead of hiring a lawyer?

Can I just get an annulment, instead of a divorce?
Can I get a divorce, even if my spouse doesn't agree with it?
I have no idea where in the world my spouse is - can I still get the divorce?

Can my spouse force me to go to marriage counseling?
Can I get a divorce if my spouse is in the military and stationed overseas?
Can I charge my spouse with adultery?

Can I still get a divorce if my wife is pregnant?
My wife's pregnant and she says it my baby.  I say it isn't.  What should I do now?

How long does it take to get a divorce in Texas?
Can my spouse and I live together during the divorce?
Can I date other people during the divorce?
Can I get remarried right after the divorce?

Do I have to support my spouse during the divorce?
I'm in the military.  What do I do about support during the divorce?
Do I have to pay the BAQ/BAH in cash, or can I just pay my spouse's bills while I'm waiting for the divorce?
My spouse is in the military, too.  Do I still have to pay the BAQ/BAH?

I'm in the military and my spouse and I have a separation agreement.  Can't we just use that in the divorce?
My spouse and I separated, used a separation agreement, and then we reconciled.  Now we want a divorce again.  Do we still have to use the separation agreement?

Do I have to go to Court to get a divorce?
My friend needs a divorce and is temporarily out of the state. Can I do the paperwork for him/her and then go to court if I have a power of attorney?

Will I have to pay my spouse alimony?
Can a man get alimony, too?
Can I get my own divorce if there are children involved?

Can I change my name as part of the divorce?
Can I make my wife change her name?

What's this mediation stuff all about?

What are, "local rules?"
What are the "filing fees?
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What are the major issues in a Texas divorce?

Chapter 2 - Property Issues in the Texas Divorce

What are the property laws in the State of Texas?
Do we have to divide our property 50/50?

What about our debts?
If my spouse gets the car, does he/she have to pay for it?
What if my spouse ran up a bunch of debts and I didn't?

My spouse got hacked off and destroyed a bunch of my personal effects.  Is there anything I can do about it?
My spouse threw me out of the house and my stuff's still in there.  Can I get it back?
My spouse took off with my car.  Is there any way I can get it back?

My spouse says she's going to get the kids, so the Judge will give her the car.  Is that the truth?

We bought a house after we got married.  What do we do about that?
My spouse says he/she wants half the profits from the sale of the house.  Should I agree to it?
My spouse wants to live in the house while we wait for it to sell.  Is that a good idea?
I owned the house before we got married.  Does my spouse have any right to it?

What's, "quai-community property?"

Can my spouse get my military retirement benefits?

What's a, "Quadro," and why should I care-o?
If we're each keeping our own retirement benefits do we still need a QDRO?

Chapter 3 - Issues Regarding Children in the Texas Divorce

What are the issues about children in a Texas divorce?
My spouse and kids have never lived in Texas.  Can I still get a divorce?

How do we decide who gets custody?
Can a man get custody if his wife agrees to it?
What about joint custody?

Can the kids decide who they want to live with?
My spouse won't let me see the kids until after the divorce.  What can I do?
What's all of this stuff about being ordered to take classes for the kids?

What should I expect in child support?
I'm getting custody, but I have no idea how much money my spouse is making.  What should I ask for?
How long does the child support go on?

Why do I have to pay through the court system, instead of just writing my spouse a check?
What if I'm already paying child support from a previous marriage?
What if my spouse and I agree on an amount of child support that's different from the Texas guidelines?

Do I have to pay health insurance for the kids?
I'm in the military.  What do I do about health insurance?

Is my paycheck going to be garnished?
If I'm paying all of this child support, do I get the tax deduction for the kids?

If my ex-spouse remarries, does my child support go down?
Suppose I'm not making this much money in the future and I can't afford this amount?

What if my ex-spouse won't let me see the kids after the divorce?  Do I still have to pay the child support?
What kind of visitation benefits can I expect?
Do we have to follow the schedule of visitations?

Chapter 4 - Getting Started On Your Divorce

Step one: Filing Your Petition for Divorce

What the heck is a petition and where do I get one?
What's a Petitioner?
What's a Respondent?
What about custody?

How to choose the Petition that's just right for you, from one of our  customized Texas divorce documents.
Downloading your Petition.
Preparing your Petition

Getting your filing fees
Finding the District Clerk
Filing your paperwork
What's a cause number, and what am I supposed to do with it?

Checklist for preparing and filing your Petition for Divorce.

Chapter 5 - Proving Your Spouse Has Been Notified

Getting started on the Waiver - how to download it and how to fill it out

What's the difference between a waiver and just having my spouse served with the divorce papers?
Should I go ahead and have my spouse served right away?

How long should I wait for my spouse to send back the Waiver of Citation?
How do I go about sending the Waiver of Citation to my spouse?
What should the letter to my spouse say?  What are the exact instructions for how he/she has to sign it?

I've sent the Waiver of Citation off to my spouse.  What do I do now?
I got the Waiver back from my spouse.  What do I do with it now?
I've filed my Waiver of Citation with the Court.  What happens next?

Whoops - my spouse won't sign the Waiver of Citation.  What I do now?
How do I buy a citation for a Texas divorce?
Alright, I've bought the citation.  What do I do with it?

What kind of instructions do I give the sheriff's office?
I've sent the citation to the sheriff.  What do I do now?

ALL RIGHT!!! I've gotten my citation back and my spouse was served with the papers.  What do I do with it now?
How do I file my citation with the Court?
My sixty day waiting period is over before the 21 day waiting period on the citation.  What do I do?

Uh, oh . . . the sheriff sent my papers back and say they can't serve my spouse.  Can I still get my divorce?

Chapter Six - Completing Your Texas Divorce Case

 How to download and prepare your Texas Decree of Divorce

Double checking your calendar to be sure the time's just right
Setting Your Case
Getting It All Together for Court

Filling out the Blivet
Other Possible Forms to Deal With

Preparing Your Testimony
Arranging Your Documents

Court Day
Getting Your Court File
A Note About Judges
A Note About Masters

Giving Your Testimony
What to do if the Judge is a Jerk

What You Need to do after the Divorce