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What are the grounds for divorce in Texas?

Not all states still require a divorcing couple to list a grounds for divorce. Texas is one state that still requires it, though.

The grounds for divorce are the reason for why the marriage cannot continue. Insupportability, though, does not require someone to be at fault to end a marriage. It is used when the couple can no longer get along and there is very little chance of a reconciliation.

Cruelty: This grounds for divorce is used when one spouse treats the other spouse cruelly and that treatment means the spouse is not able to live together with his or her spouse any longer.

-- Adultery: If one spouse or both spouses have committed adultery, the court can grant a divorce.

-- Felony Conviction: If one spouse has been convicted of a felony crime, has been incarcerated for at least a year and hasn't received a pardon, the court can grant a divorce.

-- Abandonment: If one spouse leaves the other spouse for at least a year, the court can grant a divorce.

-- Living apart: If the married couple has not lived together for three years, then the divorce may be granted.

-- Mental hospital confinement: A divorce may be granted if one spouse has been in a mental institution for at least three years and it is not likely that an adjustment to his or her behavior will occur.

Divorce is a difficult time in almost anyone's life. It can be easy to think that you want the fault of the downfall of your marriage to be placed on the other person. An experienced divorce attorney can help you understand if filing for no-fault divorce is better for your situation.

Source:, "Family Code Title 1. The Marriage Relationship," accessed Oct. 14, 2016

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