How long do I have to live in the county to file for divorce?
You have to live in the county for 90 days and in the state of Texas for at least 6 months.
Is there a mandatory waiting period before a divorce can be granted? How long will a divorce take?
There is a mandatory 60-day waiting period from the date the petition is filed until a divorce may be finalized.
A divorce will take at least 60 days because of this. However, if the divorce is contested then it will take much longer.
How can I serve my spouse with the divorce papers?
Normally service is perfected by personal service on your spouse either by a private process server or by a sheriff or constable. Your spouse may instead choose to sign a waiver of service.
If you do not know where your spouse is, have no way of finding out, and have used due diligence to locate your spouse or have them personally served, then you may be able to obtain permission for an alternative.
If there are no children involved then this may be done by posting on the courthouse door. If children are involved then you generally must do this through publication in the local newspaper and you must also hire an ad litem to represent the absent party’s interest.
What are the specific forms I will need to file for a divorce?
You will need to file an Original Petition for Divorce, Request for Service, if needed, and a Civil Case Information sheet.
Where do I file for divorce?
You will file in district court.