The divorce process typically commences when the petitioner files for divorce. Subsequently, the other spouse, or the respondent, receives notice of the petition. Filing for divorce in Texas requires the couple to have lived in the state for a minimum of six months. Moreover, the petition for divorce must be submitted in the county where the couple has lived for the previous 90 days.
If there is sufficient grounds for divorce, such as adultery, the petitioner may note these grounds so as to gain a tactical advantage. The petitioner may also include the desired outcome of the divorce, such as what the petitioner would have the court order in the event that the divorce is disputed.