Residency Requirements, Jurisdiction and Grounds for Divorce

The party filing for divorce must be a resident of Texas for at least six months and a resident of the county in which the suit is filed for at least ninety days prior to the filing date.

Normally, the court in the county of current residence has jurisdiction. However, if a court in another county or state has already started valid proceedings, jurisdiction will remain there. (Under some conditions, cases can be transferred from one Texas county to another.)

Military service outside the state or county does not count against your Texas residency. That is, the residency established before your military transfer(s) is what counts.

Texas does not require the petitioner to state any reason or basis for the divorce. Likewise, Texas cannot force anyone to remain married against his or her will.

Please contact me to discuss the specifics of your case.

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I understand that divorce is both a legal and personal process.

My job is to manage the legal process to protect and extend my client's interests- allowing them the room to address the personal issues.


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