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Confirm that you or your spouse meet the residency requirements. One of you must have lived in Texas for the six months immediately preceding the filing of the petition and in the county where you plan to file for the last 90 days.
Prepare a petition for divorce. Free forms can be found on the Texas LawHelp website. (see Resources)
Prepare a waiver of service for your spouse to sign. This form allows you to skip the required service of process on your spouse by having him acknowledge receipt of a copy of the petition, thereby saving time. File the waiver form with the court.
Wait the mandatory 60 days required in Taxes before a divorce can be finalized. Request a final hearing from the court while waiting if one has not been assigned to you already.
Prepare a final decree that addresses all issues in the divorce. A free form can also be found on the Texas LawHelp website (see Resources). Have your spouse sign the decree and present the decree to the judge at your hearing for the judge to sign.
Follow the rules
To get divorced in Michigan, you need to establish residency. You or your spouse must have lived in the state for at least 180 days. In addition, you or your spouse must live in the county where you are filing for at least 10 days. You can file in the Circuit Court in the county in which you or your spouse live.
Once you establish residency in the state and county where you want to file, you must go to Circuit Court to file paperwork seeking the divorce. You will be required to pay a fee. Only one of you will be required to appear in court to prove to the judge a breakdown in the marriage has occurred and it cannot be repaired. You can do this on your own or with the help of an attorney.
Michigan has no-fault divorce policy, also known as uncontested divorce, meaning you can get a divorce even if if the marriage fell apart because of something you did. The only caveat for a no-fault divorce is that you have to show that your marriage relationship is broken and cannot be repaired. You and your spouse may still fight over property and spousal support.
If your divorce in uncontested, you may be able to take care of it online cheaper than by going to a divorce attorney. This will work if one of the partners is in the military. It will work in Michigan as long as one of you is a resident. Remember, the 60-day cooling off period will remain in effect.