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Texas Divorce

A Texas divorce, or dissolution of marriage, can be filed in Texas by either spouse to end the marital relationship. Upon completing a Texas divorce, the parties are restored back to single status. The court will also issue any necessary orders for child support and custody, alimony (spousal support) and the division of community and separate property assets and debts. LegalZoom can assist you in the document preparation and filing for your Texas divorce without the expense of an attorney.

Types of divorce in Texas Alternatives to Divorce in Texas

A legal separation can be filed by a married person who wishes to maintain the marriage but physically separate and try to resolve any problems in the marriage. Texas does not provide for a legal separation.

An annulment is not the same legal procedure as a Divorce in Texas. An annulment is sought in order to nullify the marriage and disavow its existence, returning the parties to their prior single status, as if they never married. Annulments are rare and are only granted in situations where there was some legal defect at the time of marriage that makes it invalid. Grounds for annulment are:

?   Married under the age 14 or between 14 and 18 without consent of a parent or guardian.

?   Married under the influence of alcohol or narcotics.

?   Permanent impotency.

?   Mental incompetence.

?   Married within thirty days of divorce (unless marriage to previous spouse or spouse has permission from the court).

?   Married due to fraud, duress or force to induce the marriage.

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