What are the steps necessary for divorce?
The basic steps necessary for divorce in Bell County, Texas for Pro Se filings are as follows:
- Prepare Forms
- File Petition
- Notify Spouse
- Draft Final Divorce Decree
- Attend Pro Se Clinic
- Present Case in Court
Attend Mandatory Co-Parenting Class (must be complete before Step 6 above)
Establish Child Support (after Step 6 above)
What do I do to start a divorce suit?
The filing of the Divorce Petition starts a divorce suit. Along with the Divorce Petition, you will be required to complete a BVS Form (Bureau of Vital Statistics) required by State of Texas for all divorce cases, and make payment. If you are filing the divorce Pro Se (without an attorney), then you will be required to sign a Pro Se Divorce Acknowledgement and attend the Pro Se Clinic.
What forms are required to get a divorce?
This depends on the particulars of each divorce case. However, for simple divorce cases that are uncontested with no children and no property, the necessary forms are as follows:
- Divorce Petition
- Waiver of Service (as a form of legally notifying your spouse of the divorce)
- Divorce Decree
- Bureau of Vital Statistic Form (required by the State)
- Pro Se Divorce Filing Acknowledgement
- Medical Support Order
- Employer’s Withholding Order
What do I do if my spouse doesn't want a divorce or doesn't agree with a divorce?
You do not need your spouse’s approval to file for, or start, a divorce. However, if your spouse disagrees with some part of the divorce petition, this is considered a “contested” divorce. Contested divorces may require a Judge to hear both sides of the disagreement before ruling and finalizing the divorce. Contested divorces can be difficult. To protect your rights, contact a divorce attorney.
Can we both file for divorce?
Having both parties file for divorce wastes time, money, and requires consolidation of the divorce files.
How will my spouse be notified after I file for divorce?
There are three basic methods of notifying a spouse that a divorce has been filed:
- Waiver of Service (most common for Pro Se filings
- Service of Citation (having someone, like a Sheriff’s Deputy, hand deliver the papers)
- Publication or Posting (these two options can be complicated and difficult to establish. It is best to hire an attorney in this case)
Where can I find a Co-Parenting class?
ONLINE COURSE OFFERINGS. There are multiple options through the internet. Whichever option is selected, it is important that it meets the four hour minimum requirement and provide a certificate of completion.
FORT HOOD CLASS OFFERING CHILDREN IN THE MIDDLE. Fort Hood offers a class for military service members and their spouses. The classes are held on the 2nd Wednesday of each month and is free of charge. Classes run from 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM at the Family Life Chaplain Training Center, Building 328. Contact 254-288-1913 to enroll.