The Best Guide on Filing For Divorce in Harris County
Before you can file for a divorce in Houston, you need to have already made the necessary divorce documents. Note that “filing a divorce” is simple the act of handing divorce documents and fees to the local district clerk, thus giving notice to this district clerk that you are starting a divorce case.
Filing a divorce does not get your divorce finalized, or finished. Instead, filing a divorce just merely starts the case.
In Harris County, if you do not have a lawyer, you have 3 Options for how to file the divorce.
- Option 1– File the divorce in person;
- Option 2– File the divorce electronically;
- Option 3– File the papers by hiring a lawyer to handle it.
Most of this guide will cover option 1, filing the papers in person.
Throughout this guide, you will always have the option to hire a lawyer to handle this step of the divorce for you, the lawyer’s fees are $200 per hour. So if you need 15 minutes of work from the lawyer, then you pay $25.00. To hire a lawyer, simply use one of the hire lawyer buttons throughout this page.
Option 1–How to File a Divorce In Person
STEP 1 – PRINT AND FILL OUT THE DOCUMENTS YOU NEED
You will need:
1. 1 original and 2 copies of your Petition for Divorce;
2. 1 Civil Case Information Sheet;
3. One check for the filing fees of $295 (divorces with children) or $268 (divorces with no children)
4. It is also a good idea to bring some cash and a credit card in case you are asked to pay for some addiitonal copies or use unplanned parking.
Our goal is to help you get this right the first time so that you do not have to drive home again for something you forgot.
Here is Where to Get the Documents 1-2 Above that You Need to File Divorce in Harris County
This is where a lot of people waste unneccary money. Many people fall into the trap of hiring online form companies and paying them $149-$299 for forms that are “guaranteed” to be accepted by the court. Do not waste money on these forms. Free forms are available.
Document To File Divorce 1: The Petition for Divorce
These template petitions are used by people that do not have lawyers. You can also use a different form of Petition which the lawyers use. You can learn about how to properly fill out a Petition for Divorce, and also about what a lawyer’s petition for divorce looks like, by going to this page of our website.
Document To File Divorce 2: The Civil Case Information Sheet
2. The Civil Case Information Sheet is located here: Civil Case Information Sheet. You can fill it out, save it and print it.
*This guide does not discuss having your spouse served with papers* The only purpose of this guide is to help you get the case filed.
STEP 2 – BRING THE PAPERS TO THE DISTRICT CLERK
Now go 201 Caroline, 2nd Floor, Suite 210. Houston, TX 77002. This is where the Harris divorce case intake clerk is whom will accept your petition for divorce and filing fees. The clerk will review your documents and if they are acceptable, she will stamp them and file them. Your divorce case has started.
STEP 3 – GO TO TO THE HARRIS COUNTY LAW LIBRARY
When you file the papers, the clerk will ask you questions about whether you are going to serve your spouse with papers. The Clerk will direct you to go to the first floor of the Harris County Law Library at 1019 Congress Ave, Houston, TX 77002.
There are volunteer lawyers that are available from around Monday-Friday 9:00 am-12:00 pm to help you with understanding the next steps in your divorce case.
Here is a picture of the Law Library Building:
Contacting the Law Library
When going through this process, I know you will likely want to talk to someone on the telephone. Harris County does not enable much access to divorce help on the telephone. The District Clerk’s line (713) 755-7300 will just lead you to an automated phone message that you need to go to the library in person to get help.
The most helpful telephone number to call is the law library: (713) 555-5183
Option 2–for Filing the divorce in Harris County: File it Online Yourself
We have discussed how to file the divorce in person. If you wish to file your divorce online, you will go to this website. There, you will create a membership ID, and follow the instructions provided for e-filing. Many people have found this process to be time consuming and overly complicated.
Option 3- for Filing the divorce in Harris County: Hire a Lawyer
You will find that the experience of filing a divorce can become time consuming. Remember that filing the divorce is just the first step. If you decide that you would rather hire a lawyer to handle your matter, we would be honored to help. We can file your divorce as soon as today. We do not require in person meetings to file your divorce. You can have this step of your divorce done in a matter of minutes. If you wish for us to file the case, and you take it over from the point of filing, then we charge $200 (this does not include your $268-$300 filing fees). If you wish for us to handle your entire divorce, you can read about our prices here. You are welcome to call us at (281) 503-4747.
Use the simple below form to hire a lawyer to file your divorce today. There is no faster more convenient and professional way in Harris County to file a divorce, than right here.