Naturally, a divorce in Texas dissolves the marriage between the parties. However, it also assigns property and debts to the spouses in the final decree of divorce. Furthermore, in the event that there are children of the marriage, parental rights will be established (called conservatorship in Texas) as well as visitation and child support through a suit affecting the parent-child relationship, which will be incorporated into the divorce.
Texas law does not provide for legal separation. However, temporary orders may be put in place related to a divorce. In some instances, individuals pursue a suit affecting the parent-child relationship prior to a divorce, creating something similar to a legal separation. However, such an approach is ill-advised as it causes community property liability to continue to accrue and forces the parties to return to Court to obtain a final decree of divorce.