Many couples want to handle their own divorce. If you represent yourself in court, it’s called “pro se,” meaning you represent yourself.
Anyone is allowed to file their divorce pro se. There is no requirement that you hire an attorney. For example, if you have no children or adult children, little or no assets, and you agree about how to divide your assets and debts, you may be fine not having a lawyer.
But if you have minor children, significant assets or debt, or your spouse has hired an attorney, it is riskier to represent yourself. Texas law is complicated, so even a “friendly” divorce will benefit from the input of a family law attorney to avoid costly mistakes.
There are resources for filing a do-it-yourself divorce. Texas Law Help has some forms here.* One way to save money on your divorce is to complete your DIY divorce decree and then let an attorney review it to make sure there is nothing missing.
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(*We can’t validate the quality or effectiveness of Texas Law Help’s forms, but link to them for your convenience.)