How to File for a Divorce in Harris County, Texas

By Michaele Curtis

The Harris County District Court hears all divorce petitions of its residents. Divorce proceedings can be either uncontested if the spouses agree on the divorce terms, contested if they’d like a judge to hear both sides and make a ruling or default if one spouse doesn’t participate. The procedures and paperwork for each of these types of divorces vary. However, every Harris County divorce proceeding starts with filing a petition and serving the spouse notice.

Fill out the petition for divorce form. Make two copies of the petition form. Take it the Harris County District Clerk’s office during business hours.

Pay the filing fees associated with filing divorce papers, which can vary but should be between $200 and $350 depending on the current schedule of fees.

Serve your spouse with legal notice that you filed a petition for divorce. Have your spouse sign the Waiver of Citation form if he is willing to certify that he knows about the divorce petition and does not need notice.

About the Author

Michaele Curtis began writing professionally in 2001. As a freelance writer for the Centers for Disease Control, Nationwide Insurance and AT&T Interactive, her work has appeared in "Insurance Today," "Mobiles and PDAs" and "Curve Magazine." Curtis holds a Bachelor of Arts in communication from Louisiana State University.

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