In the State of Texas, there are “fault” grounds for a divorce and “no-fault” grounds for a divorce. Most divorces are filed as “no-fault” divorces. But often times, the actions of one spouse may be the cause of the divorce. The purpose of this article is to describe the various grounds for divorce in Texas.
At the beginning of a divorce proceeding, the spouse who is initiating the divorce must file an Original Petition for Divorce. The Original Petition for Divorce is a document that is filed with the court which advises the court that a spouse is seeking a divorce. The petition includes, among other things, the grounds or reasons for the divorce. There are seven reasons for getting a divorce in Texas:
1. Insupportability (no-fault divorce)
4. Felony Conviction
6. Living Apart
7. Confinement in a Mental Hospital
No-Fault Divorce: Getting a divorce doesn’t necessarily mean that one party is more at fault than the other. Sometimes things just don’t work out and both sides agree to legally end their marriage. When this happens, the ground used for divorce is called insupportability.
At-Fault Divorce: The other six grounds for a divorce are at-fault grounds for divorce – meaning that there is one party who is more at fault for the divorce. These grounds are cruelty, adultery, conviction of felony, abandonment, living apart, and confinement in a mental hospital.
If you are considering a divorce, call an attorney. Hayes, Berry, White & Vanzant offers experienced divorce attorneys in the Denton, Lewisville, Flower Mound and Highland Village area.
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