In order for a divorce process in Texas to be completed, it is necessary to go before the court and obtain a Final Decree of Divorce. This is the document that permanently dissolves the bonds of marriage between them, ending the combined legal entity created by their wedding.
It is possible for two divorcing partners who agree on all the particulars of property division, child custody, and spousal support to fill out their own Final Decree and submit it to the court for approval. The decree must be completed in full with all required information provided. The petitioner must bring proof that notice of the divorce was served to the other spouse or that they obtained a waiver of service. If there is the possibility that child support may be ordered, then the court will want to see the employer’s withholding order as well. It is necessary to bring three copies of each document. Then the petitioner will appear before the judge for a short, uncomplicated series of testimonials known as a prove-up. If the prove-up goes correctly and the judge approves the divorce, then they will sign and date the final decree and the marriage is considered dissolved at once.
Texas law allows either party in a finalized divorce to change their names back to any sobriquet that they used before the marriage. However, they may not assume a brand-new name that they had never used before without going through a separate name change process. Customarily, this is used to change a woman’s married name back to her maiden name.
Both parties have 30 days to appeal any decision made by the judge in the divorce. If there is a necessity for an appeal or if there are any points that are contested between the couple in the decree or elsewhere, then the assistance of an attorney may be useful.
Source: State Bar of Texas, “Pro Se Divorce Handbook“, November 10, 2014