What are possible grounds for divorce in Texas?

couple divorceStatistics 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:

  • Adultery
  • Cruel treatment
  • Abandonment
  • 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.

To talk with an experienced College Station, Texas divorce attorney, call Peterson Law Group at 979-703-7014 or fill out our online contact form. We are committed to finding solutions for our clients.

About Chris Peterson

Chris Peterson is an attorney and the owner and founder of Peterson Law Group, a Texas law firm with offices in Bryan/College Station and Kingwood. He mainly practices in the areas of Estate Planning and Business Planning. Chris is also a Certified Estate Planner. Besides his law practice, Chris is a serial entrepreneur and community volunteer. He is known for his cutting edge law practice that utilizes technology to deliver efficient, excellent work.