Filing for divorce is challenging, and being represented by a lawyer is highly recommended. However, you have the right to proceed without a lawyer, if you wish. Judge Ferguson has prepared this Procedure and Checklist to walk you through the divorce process. Download and follow this procedure to quickly and easily obtain an agreed divorce.
This checklist prepared by Judge Ferguson will help you make sure you are ready for your final hearing.
As explained in the Local Procedure linked above, you must prepare and sign an Inventory form that lists all of your assets, and describes all your debts. Signed Inventories must be submitted to the clerk prior to your final hearing. Click below to download and fill-out the form, and click here for helpful guidance in filling it out.
This free guide published by the Texas Young Lawyers' Association will help you avoid common mistakes and complete the divorce process more quickly and with less stress.
if you are filing for divorce, annulment, child support or name change, you must follow the same rules whether you are represented by a lawyer or not. The Supreme Court of Texas provides free forms for common family law cases, which you can access through this button.
It is presumed that child support will be paid in all family law cases involving children. With rare exception, this Court will not approve family law agreements that waive child support. Click below to calculate an estimate of what your child support obligation will be, based on your current gross income. [Note: input your gross income (before removing taxes, health care and retirement), not your take-home pay.]
The Rules apply to all family law cases, whether you are represented or not. You are required to follow all court procedures, meet with all deadlines, and comply with the rules of evidence.
Click the following to access the most commonly used rules in civil and family law cases:
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