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In Texas a Petition for Divorce is a legal document that when filed with the appropriate district court initiates a dissolution of marriage proceeding with the court.
The petition must be filed with the district court in the County where either spouse has resided for at least 90 days. In order to file a petition for divorce in Texas either spouse must have been a resident of Texas for at least six months.
A petition for divorce does not in the marriage. In order to finalize and complete a divorce a judge must sign a final divorce decree. Anytime before the judge signs the final decree a petition for divorce may be withdrawn by the spouse who filed the petition with the court. Except in cases of domestic violence, no judge can sign a final divorce decree until at least 60 days has passed from the time the petition was filed with the court.