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At least one party (husband or wife or both) must have lived in Texas for at least the six months prior to filing for divorce. In addition, the spouse who files the case (the petitioner) must have been a resident of the county where he/she lives for at least the ninety days prior to filing.


Texas is a no-fault state. This means that parties can allege that the marriage is insupportable, and obtain a divorce without stating additional grounds.

Texas also recognizes fault bases for divorce, including adultery, cruelty, conviction of a felony and abandonment. It is not necessary to claim one of these fault based grounds.


Texas law favors joint managing conservatorship, meaning both parents continue to participate in the decision making and other important issues involving their children. Typically, the children will reside primarily with one parent but have significant contact (visitation) with the other parent.

The courts will accept parental agreements regarding custody, but the courts favor the use of the Standard Possession Order. provides the Standard Possession Order and will also allow you to enter your own parenting agreement.


Texas has state mandated guidelines for child support, based on the income of the paying parent. You may choose to deviate from the state guidelines, if the deviation is reasonable and well founded, the court will likely approve the deviation. calculates child support based on the information provided. This is a calculation tool only, it is not a substitute for legal advice.

LEGAL ADVICE employees cannot provide legal advice. If you have a complicated or contested case, you should seek the assistance of a qualified family law attorney.

The laws and explanations provided by are regarding the general issues addressed with each page. There are no explanations provided based on specific legal questions from our users and explanations are not specific to any real, individual factual circumstances. is not a substitute for the advice of an attorney.


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