Who is the Petitioner and who is the Respondent?

Category: Divorce Terminology

In Texas divorce cases, one spouse is the petitioner, and the other is the respondent. The petitioner is the spouse who initiates the divorce by filing a petition for divorce. The respondent is the spouse who receives divorce papers from the petitioner and must then file an answer. The benefit to being the petitioner is that you get to go first in family court, which could set the tone for the case.

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