What are possible grounds for divorce in Texas?
Statistics indicate that 50% of marriages in America will end in divorce. Whether the high divorce rate led to no-fault divorce laws, or vice versa, all states, including Texas, no longer require the parties to prove fault to get a divorce. It easier than ever to terminate a marriage in a legal process commonly known as no-fault divorce.
If, however, your spouse's bad behavior led to the breakdown of your marriage, it may be to your advantage to pursue a fault-based divorce. The proceedings will likely be more complicated, but proving fault may give you an advantage if you expect a nasty custody battle or a highly-contested property division.
Under Texas law, a spouse can ask for a fault-based divorce due to:
- Cruel treatment
- Long-term incarceration (more than one year)
- Confinement to a mental hospital for at least three years
- Living apart for at least three years
Deciding whether to pursue a no-fault divorce or a fault-based divorce is an important decision you should only make after a thorough consultation with an experienced Texas family law attorney.
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