How do you get a divorce in Texas?


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The filing spouse must first meet the Texas residency requirements and have a legally acceptable reason to file for divorce before filing divorce papers, according to WomensLaw.org. Copies of the filing are then sent to the spouse, who can dispute the terms or leave it uncontested.

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The Texas residency requirements for divorce are that one spouse must have lived in Texas for six months before filing and must have been a resident of the county in which the suit is filled for 90 days, according to WomensLaw.org. Legal grounds for a Texas divorce are insupportability, cruelty, adultery, felony conviction, abandonment, separation and mental hospital confinement.

Felony convictions that are grounds for divorce must result in a minimum one-year sentence in a state or federal prison, according to WomensLaw.org. The exception to this law is if the testimony of a spouse caused the conviction. A spouse must have been confined to a state or private mental hospital for at least three years with no sign of improvement, or the spouse must show signs of inevitable relapse in order to use the confinement as grounds for divorce. Asset and debt division, maintenance, child support and custody issues are determined in out-of-court settlements or in separate hearings.

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