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How to file for divorce for cheap?

Getting a divorce is difficult in a lot of ways. One of the most stressful aspects are the financial issues. From dividing up properties to tax problems, divorce can put a large financial burden on both parties.

On top of those issues are the legal fees. Depending on the state you are in, a filing fee can be upwards of $400. In Texas, divorce filing fees are between $250-$350. Especially at a time when your personal finances are put under great strain, this is no small cost. However, finances should not prevent a person from getting out of an unhappy situation.

Luckily, there are steps you can take to attempt to waive the divorce filing fee in Texas.

Requesting a waiver

Forms are available in two formats: (1) electronic fillable, and (2) printable. The documents that you need to file to request a filing fee waiver include a Petition/Motion to waive the filing fee and an Order for the judge to use to grant or deny the request.

States with shorter documents include prompts asking for information to gauge your income and expenses, while states with longer documents require you to fill out more detailed financial information in the form of a supporting affidavit or financial statement. The length of the waiver request documents is between 2-5 pages by state.

In the state of Texas, the information you will be required to provide through such paperwork if you wish to receive a fee waiver includes:

  • Acknowledgment of any government assistance you get due to your finances.
  • Your household income, calculated to represent how much you make after
  • A list of any and all financial dependents, i.e. children.
  • Documentation of your expenses.

There are a few situations that will virtually guarantee that your waiver request gets accepted. These include (but are certainly not limited to) the following:

  • You are currently receiving government benefits due to poverty, for example, food stamps, temporary assistance for needy families, Medicaid, supplemental security income, or public housing.
  • Your legal representation is pro bono, that is to say, you are represented by a free lawyer provided for purposes of legal aid. It sometimes also occurs that legal aid organizations receive applications from needy individuals and are unable to provide a lawyer. In such cases, you will also likely be awarded a waiver.
  • The court finds that you lack sufficient funds to pay for your family’s basic needs.

After Filing

Once you have filled out the fee waiver documents required in your state, file them with the Court Clerk. You may turn this in with the rest of the documents needed to open a divorce case. The judge will review the fee waiver and then decide whether to grant it. If your request for a fee waiver is denied, you can file a motion requesting that the judge review it.

If your fee waiver is granted, you will be obligated to inform the court if your financial situation improves. A copy of the fee waiver documents you filed must also be given to your spouse. The easiest way to fulfill this duty is to simply include this with the other documents you filed when you deliver a copy to your spouse or his/her attorney.

Need Help?

Filing paperwork needed for divorce is quite a hefty job. In times of stress, it may not be a bad idea to look for legal help. US Legal PRO will do the tough paperwork including submitting a divorce filing fee waiver — get in touch today for more info.

5 Facts to Know Before Filing For Divorce in the State of Texas

Divorce can be a stressful time, as it represents more than just a separation. For many, divorce goes hand in hand with a number of important changes in lifestyle, living arrangements, and life plans.

In spite of the challenges, however, divorce can also be a first step on the road to a better life. If you have made the decision to leave an unhappy situation and are unsure of how to proceed, researching divorce laws in your state is a good place to start. In this article, we will discuss a few facts about
Divorce in Texas that you should know.


1. Certain Requirements Must Be Met For Divorce In Texas

Texas is a “no-fault” divorce state, which means divorce can be filed on the grounds of insupportability — in other words, a discord of personalities. That being said, one should not get the impression that divorce in Texas is always going to be quick and easy. The state of Texas requires a 60 day waiting period between the filing and finalization of a divorce. Two other residency prerequisites also apply:

● One spouse must have been a Texas resident for at least six months before divorce can be filed in the state.

● One spouse must have been a resident of the county for at least 90 days before divorce can be filed in that county.


2. Spouses are Forbidden From Taking Certain Contentious Actions During the
Divorce Process

This is a good thing, because it means your spouse will not be able to seek revenge on you by doing things like closing your bank account, canceling your credit card, taking your children out of state, changing your childrens’ schools, or altering your life insurance policy.

As a temporary measure, the court may also make a few decisions regarding the living arrangements and financial responsibilities of the couple until divorce procedures have been finalized. Examples of this include:

● Who lives in which property.

● Who may drive which vehicles.

● Who pays which bills.

● Temporary child and/or spousal support.

● Temporary custody arrangements for children.

● Temporary possession/care for family pets.


3. The State of Texas Strictly Defines Child Support Payments

Child support payments after a divorce in the state of Texas are calculated according to a sliding scale: the party ordered to pay support must make payments equal to 20% of their income for one child, 25% for two child, 30% for three children, etc. up to a max of 40%. Another important point to keep in mind: alimony is rarely awarded in Texas, so it’s generally safer to assume that you will not receive any funds in this way.


4. Laws Exist to Protect Your Private Information, Even in a Divorce

You may have heard horror stories of people being forced to turn in their social media conversations, publicly expose their medical records, or otherwise compromise their privacy during a divorce hearing. Though this is certainly possible, it is important to keep in mind that a number of laws exist to protect your privacy — for example, records may only be released if they are relevant, and in many cases you can request that such records be for the judge’s eyes only.


5. Finalizing A Divorce in Texas Requires a “Prove Up” Hearing

A prove up is a final review of your case by a judge. This process usually takes a mere 5 to 10 minutes, and in fact only one of the two parties involved in the divorce needs to attend. Such a process can sometimes be nerve-racking, but keep in mind that the vast majority of prove-ups are uneventful, and it is exceedingly rare for a judge to not approve a divorce during this process. Once the prove up is over, the judge will finalize the proceeding, and you will be officially divorced.


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Cheap and Fast Online Divorce – Step by Step Instructions !

Texas Uncontested Divorce Process (Step by Step Instructions)

1) File Original Petition for Uncontested Divorce

In this step, US Legal PRO will help you file petition for divorce based on the information that you provide. This petition is your request for a hearing to allow a judge to grant you a divorce. Typical court fee for filing original petition for divorce is $250 to $350.

uslegalpro.com_Original Petition For Divorce

2) Give Your Spouse Legal Notice

Waiver

Now that you are done with filing Original Petition for Divorce and your petition has been accepted, you will need to give Legal Notice to your spouse and also prove to the court that you notified your spouse. There are three ways of doing this:

2.1) Waiver of Service – This form may be filled out by your spouse, if he or she agrees to sign it. It tells the Court that your spouse has received a stamped copy of the Original Petition for Divorce and does not want to be formally given a copy by a constable, sheriff, or process server. This form allows the judge to finalize your divorce as long as your spouse has signed the Final Decree of Divorce, and allows your spouse to be notified of any hearings in the case. Your spouse must sign the Waiver in front of a notary. The Waiver must be signed at least one day after the Original Petition for Divorce is filed.

2.2) Official Service of process – Official service of process is when your spouse is formally “served” with (given) the Original Petition for Divorce by a constable, sheriff, or private process server, or when the clerk sends it by certified mail, return receipt requested. You must use official service of process if a Waiver of Service form has not been filed in your case. It is always best to officially serve your spouse if there has been domestic violence in the relationship or a Protective Order is in effect.

2.3) Service by Publication or Posting – You may either use Publication or Posting in case you are unable to locate your spouse. You will have to demonstrate to the judge that you tried very hard to locate you wife.

3) Wait

60 days

Now that you have given your spouse a Legal Notice, it is time to wait. You will be required to wait at least 60 days before divorce can be finalized. The 60 day period starts from the time the Original Petition for Divorce is stamped. In other words, the shortest time it will take to finalize a divorced in Texas is 61 days. In case of domestic violence, there could be exception to the 60 day rule.
Additional Waiting Period Considerations:
21 days answer period – If your spouse was served with legal notice by an official process server, you will have to wait 21 days answer period + number of days till next Monday after 21 days answer period from the day spouse was served. Note that the total days could fall outside of 60 days waiting period.
7 days waiting period – If you spouse was served by Posting, you will have to wait 21 days answer period + 7 days waiting period + number of days till next Monday after 7 days waiting period.
10 days waiting period – If you spouse was served with legal notice by an official process server, the process server gives you completed return of service which will need to be on file with the District Clerk’s for 10 days.
Note: Your spouse can file an answer any time before finalizing the divorce.

4) Determine if you case is Still Uncontested

Is still agreed

Now that you have waited, determine if you case is still uncontested. You case is:
Contested – If your spouse files an answer and does not agree to the terms of the Divorce

Uncontested & Agreed – If you and your spouse agree on the terms and condition in Decree of Divorce, your spouse has signed a waiver or answer, and your spouse is willing to sign your Decree of Divorce.

Uncontested & Default – if your spouse did not file an answer after waiting period after being officially served.

5) Contact Court & Write Degree of Divorce and have Spouse Sign

Decree

Now that you have determined that you case is still Uncontested, find out when court hears uncontested cases and plan in advance as to when to go to the court. Before you go to the court for final hearing, complete the Decree of Divorce and have spouse sign the final version.

6) Go to the Court

Finalize

Free eFiling Of Uncontested Divorce – Only PRO can do it for you

One of US Legal PRO’s customers recently emailed us the following:

You guys have been great. The services you provide are reasonably priced and worth every cent. You can quote me on that!

Russell, Houston, Texas

Note: eFiling service and divorce petition creation service are different. Uncontested Divorce petition creation service is not free but once the petition is created, US Legal PRO will file it to the court for customers and that service is free. However please note that court could charge anywhere from $250 to $350 for case initiation. The fee is dependent on jurisdiction where the petition is being filed.

In fact Russell’s case was unique and since we thought we could not help him, we had offered him full refund for divorce document preparation (note free eFiling is different than divorce document preparation service). Instead he did his research and made sure that we can still help and asked us file his petition. What Russell said speaks volume about how much US Legal PRO cares about its customer’s satisfaction. Our goal is to get 5 starts all the time.

To understand why Russell said what he said, you will have to Ask yourself first:

Sites like 321 get divorce or get divorce quick or complete divorce and countless others – do they really file divorce petition for you?

The answer is resoundingly NO!

They are document creating factories and frankly legacy service providers and have yet to understand that court procedures are changing and have changed in many states.

For instance electronically filing civil cases like divorce is mandatory in Texas. Indiana, Illinois and California are moving in the same direction. These document preparation sites do not convey you that and let you struggle with the actual filing portion of the petition and that is a major work. What good paper in your hands when you need to learn how to electronically file it?

Is there a help?

Yes – US Legal PRO is the “ONLY” Electronic Filing Service Provider approved by the Office of Court Administration (http://www.efiletexas.gov/Service-Providers/USLegalPro.htm) that helps with preparation of petition for uncontested divorce cases and also does eFiling on your behalf. Everything is done online for you.

What about signature? Do I not need to sign the petition for Filing?

I knew you were going to ask that. Don’t worry – we got you covered there as well. We are the only service provider that enables you to sign your petition online thus eliminating the need for your to print, sign, scan and submit to the court. This is a huge time saver. No other sites provide this functionality.

Now you probably we can understand why Russell felt compelled to say good things about US Legal PRO.

Do you want to go ahead and complete Divorce Petition Questionnaire?

Wait I understand but tell me in detail what you do and how you do

Great let’s start:

US Legal PRO helps with creation and eFiling of Original Petition for Uncontested Divorce in Texas. The petition is your request for a hearing to allow a judge to grant you a divorce. After your petition is accepted by the court, you will need to contact the county court for hearing dates.
Filing original petition is the first step towards getting divorce. After petition is accepted by the court, there will be few more steps that you will be responsible for completing.


Texas Uncontested Divorce Process (Step by Step Instructions)

1) File Original Petition for Uncontested Divorce

In this step, US Legal PRO will help you file petition for divorce based on the information that you provide. This petition is your request for a hearing to allow a judge to grant you a divorce. Typical court fee for filing original petition for divorce is $250 to $350.

uslegalpro.com_Original Petition For Divorce

2) Give Your Spouse Legal Notice

Waiver

Now that you are done with filing Original Petition for Divorce and your petition has been accepted, you will need to give Legal Notice to your spouse and also prove to the court that you notified your spouse. There are three ways of doing this:

2.1) Waiver of Service – This form may be filled out by your spouse, if he or she agrees to sign it. It tells the Court that your spouse has received a stamped copy of the Original Petition for Divorce and does not want to be formally given a copy by a constable, sheriff, or process server. This form allows the judge to finalize your divorce as long as your spouse has signed the Final Decree of Divorce, and allows your spouse to be notified of any hearings in the case. Your spouse must sign the Waiver in front of a notary. The Waiver must be signed at least one day after the Original Petition for Divorce is filed.

2.2) Official Service of process – Official service of process is when your spouse is formally “served” with (given) the Original Petition for Divorce by a constable, sheriff, or private process server, or when the clerk sends it by certified mail, return receipt requested. You must use official service of process if a Waiver of Service form has not been filed in your case. It is always best to officially serve your spouse if there has been domestic violence in the relationship or a Protective Order is in effect.

2.3) Service by Publication or Posting – You may either use Publication or Posting in case you are unable to locate your spouse. You will have to demonstrate to the judge that you tried very hard to locate you wife.

3) Wait

60 days

Now that you have given your spouse a Legal Notice, it is time to wait. You will be required to wait at least 60 days before divorce can be finalized. The 60 day period starts from the time the Original Petition for Divorce is stamped. In other words, the shortest time it will take to finalize a divorced in Texas is 61 days. In case of domestic violence, there could be exception to the 60 day rule.
Additional Waiting Period Considerations:
21 days answer period – If your spouse was served with legal notice by an official process server, you will have to wait 21 days answer period + number of days till next Monday after 21 days answer period from the day spouse was served. Note that the total days could fall outside of 60 days waiting period.
7 days waiting period – If you spouse was served by Posting, you will have to wait 21 days answer period + 7 days waiting period + number of days till next Monday after 7 days waiting period.
10 days waiting period – If you spouse was served with legal notice by an official process server, the process server gives you completed return of service which will need to be on file with the District Clerk’s for 10 days.
Note: Your spouse can file an answer any time before finalizing the divorce.

4) Determine if you case is Still Uncontested

Is still agreed

Now that you have waited, determine if you case is still uncontested. You case is:
Contested – If your spouse files an answer and does not agree to the terms of the Divorce

Uncontested & Agreed – If you and your spouse agree on the terms and condition in Decree of Divorce, your spouse has signed a waiver or answer, and your spouse is willing to sign your Decree of Divorce.

Uncontested & Default – if your spouse did not file an answer after waiting period after being officially served.

5) Contact Court & Write Degree of Divorce and have Spouse Sign

Decree

Now that you have determined that you case is still Uncontested, find out when court hears uncontested cases and plan in advance as to when to go to the court. Before you go to the court for final hearing, complete the Decree of Divorce and have spouse sign the final version.

6) Go to the Court

Finalize

How you can effortlessly & cheaply file uncontested divorce in Texas court in 1 hour from your bed

Going through divorce is a painful process. You might experience lot of changes in your family and personal life and on top of that the whole procedure of divorce might leave you feeling exhausted. We, as the state certified and nationally recognized Electronic Filing Service Provider (EFSP), can assist you through the steps required to eFile the divorce.

As the state of Texas has adopted the eFiling system and has made it mandatory in all the counties, you need not worry about visiting the court and submitting the papers. Instead, file the divorce from your bed quick and easy. The digital age has made the process easier, cheaper and faster which is sure to minimize your stress and effort.

If you are planning on having an uncontested divorce, using US Legal PRO’s eFiling service can save you time and money.

Go through the following steps and let US Legal PRO handle the hard part.

  1. Go to Texas Uncontested Divorce Site and complete the questionnaire – You can also provide your electronic signature right from the comfort of your bed (15 minutes)
  2. Email at efile@uslegalpro.com and ask them to expedite the process. If you do not want to expedite, you do not have to email
  3. US Legal PRO will send you completed petition for uncontested divorce (45 minutes)
  4. Once you approve it, US Legal PRO will go ahead and file it for you (15 minutes)

Courts generally take few hours to up to 3 working days to accept your filing.

Note: Filing for divorce is not the same as getting divorced. You still have to do following steps after the court accepts your divorce petition.

  1. Give your spouse “Legal Notice”
  2. Fill out “Final Decree of Divorce”
  3. Present your case to the judge by going to “Uncontested Docket”
  4. Finish by turning in your Final Decree of Divorce that the judge signed to the Court Clerk

*Note: Between Step #2 (filling final decree of divorce) and #5 (presenting your case to the judge by going to uncontested docket), there is a mandatory waiting period of at least 61 days unless protective order is involved.

 

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