Office of the Staff Attorney
Bexar County Courthouse
100 Dolorosa, 2nd Floor Suite 2.16
San Antonio, TX 78205
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Staff Attorney’s Office is NOT open to the public. You may communicate with our office by e-mail at: SRLHelp@bexar.org
HANDLING YOUR OWN LEGAL CASE
Welcome. We hope your experience with our legal system will be a positive one. Please keep in mind:
- If you handle your case yourself, you are responsible for knowing or learning how to do everything for your case
- The Office of the Staff Attorney is not your attorney and doesn’t represent you
- The Staff Attorney is not allowed to give you legal advice, only legal information
- The court will not contact you to let you know deadlines or the status of your case
- As a self-represented party you must do all the work of the case yourself
- The Court must hold you to the same standard as if you were a lawyer
- As a civil (not criminal) litigant you generally not entitled to a court-appointed attorney
- Bexar County Civil District Clerk’s Office: https://www.bexar.org/2968/District-Clerk
- Phone: 210-335-2113
- Texas Law Help - Legal Information and Court Forms: https://texaslawhelp.org/
- TRLA - Pro Bono (Free) Legal Services: https://www.trla.org/covid19-main
- Phone: 888-988-9996
- San Antonio Bar Association Lawyer Referral Service: https://sanantoniobar.org/index.cfm?pg=need-a-lawyer
- Phone: 210-227-1853
- Bexar County Civil District Courts: https://www.bexar.org/1703/Civil-District-Courts
- District Court’s 3rd Amended COVID Operations Plan: 3rd Amended COVID Operations Plan
- Office of the Texas Attorney General How To Apply for Child Support: https://www.texasattorneygeneral.gov/child-support/get-started/how-apply-child-support
Please visit Texas Law Help Webpage for free legal information and court forms for simple legal problems.
REPRESENTING YOURSELF IN AN UNCONTESTED DIVORCE:
The information is for uncontested cases – that is, for couples who agree about every single point about the divorce. It means you and your spouse agree about all issues (including custody and child support) and will both sign any necessary court forms.
If you have a protective order based on family violence, are in the process of getting one, or need one, you should not proceed on your own.
IF YOU ARE EXPERIENCING DOMESTIC VIOLENCE:
If you are experiencing domestic violence, the following resources may be able to give you free legal representation.
THREE BASIC STEPS OF AN UNCONTESTED (AGREED) DIVORCE
- Preparing a petition and filing it
- Providing notice to your spouse
- Waiting period, Preparing an Agreed Decree of Divorce, and Finalization.
STAFF ATTORNEY OFFICE REVIEW
Once you’ve completed steps 1 and 2 (and after the 60-day waiting period), your case and final Decree must be reviewed by the Staff Attorney’s Office.
Steps to get your decree reviewed by Staff Attorney’s Office:
- Scan or copy the entire Decree (including any child support orders or exhibits)
- E-mail the Decree to SRLHelp@bexar.org.
- Make sure to include your cause number in the subject line of the e-mail.
- Instead of E-mail, you may mail the Decree (including any child support orders or exhibits) to:
Staff Attorney’s Office
100 Dolorosa, Room 2.16
San Antonio Texas 78205
KEEP YOUR ORIGINAL – ONLY SEND A COPY
When you e-mail or mail your Decree, include all your contact information including:
- an e-mail address that you check regularly
- your telephone number(s)
After your Decree is reviewed, we will respond by e-mail or telephone you to let you know the next steps to finalize your case.