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Online Divorce in Texas


Nowadays, you can do a lot of things online. You can book flights, make restaurant reservations, go shopping, and even pay for your bills. With the advent of technology, getting a lot of things done got easier and more accessible. But among all the things you can do online, can you actually get a divorce done this way? In states such as Texas, you most definitely can.

Is Online Divorce Possible?

The long and short of it is, yes, you can get an online divorce in Texas. But as to whether or not your divorce can be done online depends entirely on your situation. In Texas, there are what are called no-fault and fault divorces. Fault divorces are basically the kind where one spouse chooses to divorce their spouse. Divorces like these may call for court appearances as the spouse filing for divorce will have to prove their other spouse is at fault. There are possible disputes and issues that need to be settled for this kind of divorce. Because a court appearance is needed, you cannot get an online divorce for this. But if your divorce is a no-fault divorce, where you both just both agree that things won’t work out, you can definitely get your divorce done online.

Two-Step Process of Online Divorce

File the Paperwork

Just like the regular way of getting a divorce, you will have to file some paperwork. How you go about it depends entirely on the online service you are using. Each one will have different requirements, but what you’ll do will essentially be the same. You’ll have to provide the required documents, fill out a number of forms and provide important pieces of information needed for the divorce, and then sign a number of forms.

Pay the Necessary Fees

After you’ve done all that, as well as paid whatever fees are needed to get things done and filed, you can then choose to send the files online through a registered service or you can file the papers yourself.

Just take note that not all courts will accept online divorces. So, it’s best to know which ones do. But once all of that has been done, all you’ll have to do is wait for your divorce to be processed and finalized.

With the advent of technology, it’s amazing that you can get your divorce done online. It basically streamlines the entire process. By getting your divorce done online, you don’t have to worry much about going to court and all the time you’ll spend by doing so. At least, now, getting your divorce done doesn’t have to be so complicated or difficult to do.

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Mr. Hutton is a Divorce and Custody Lawyer based out of Round Rock, TX. His background is with child psychology at Arizona State University where he received a B.S. in 2006, and he continued this by working with the Children’s Right’s Clinic at the University of Texas School of Law where he received his J.D. in 2009. Throughout his practice, he has been a strong proponent of utilizing modern technology to improve his practice and the representation of his clients. He currently is the technology chair of CAFA of Travis County and is committed to improving and modernizing the practice of law in Texas. If you have any questions you can contact him at timothy.hutton@austintexaslegal.com

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