Create a petition for divorce. You can access a form from your county courthouse or from various websites. Either retype the document into a word-processing program, fill it in by hand or -- if you use the Internet option -- save it on your computer as a PDF file.
Print out a copy of your petition when you’ve completed it. Sign it where indicated and scan the finished petition, with your signature, creating a PDF file. Save the PDF file.
Register with an electronic filing service provider. Texas’s official website gives a full list of acceptable providers. If you register with any one of them, it will automatically register you with Texas’s electronic filing system also.
Log on with the service provider you’ve chosen. It will ask you for identifying information about your case and which court and county you want to file with.
Upload your divorce petition to the service provider and click “submit.” Your service provider will probably ask you to submit credit card information to cover the fee, unless you’ve set up an account that allows for periodic billing. After you arrange for payment, you should receive an email confirming that your provider has the petition for filing. Texas’s electronic filing system will also send you an email when your provider submits your petition to the state.
Save your filed petition when Texas’s electronic filing system returns an emailed copy to you. This will have the court’s stamp on it. Print it out and use it as the official copy for service on your spouse.