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For what reasons can you divorce in Texas?

Even today, divorce can come with a lot of social stigma, especially in a conservative state like Texas. You may be wondering if the law reflects this attitude and requires you to have a concrete reason to end your marriage.

The answer is no. Texas is a no-fault state, meaning you do not have to prove your spouse is at fault for anything. The cause instead would be "insupportability," meaning that conflict or discord does not support the relationship or the probability of reconciliation. Also, if you have lived apart for three years, you can file for divorce.

No-fault divorce

Still, you have the option of a fault-divorce for specific situations:

  • Adultery
  • Abandonment of a year or longer
  • Confinement in a mental institution for three years or more with permanent recovery unlikely
  • Cruelty
  • Felony conviction and year-long imprisonment

Taking this approach is very difficult as it demands evidence to prove the guilt of your spouse. However, it may be beneficial if your spouse is fighting the divorce or you and your children are unsafe. Your attorney can help you determine if it is right for your circumstances.

Reasons for divorce

Most couples take the no-fault route because it is easier. What, then, are the reasons why marriages lead to insupportability? According to Today, there are six common causes of divorce:

  1. Addiction
  2. Adultery
  3. Finances
  4. Incompatibility
  5. Irreconcilable differences
  6. Traumatic events (such as death or disease)

Every marriage goes through problems in one or more of these areas. What makes the difference is how couples manage these life challenges. They are not automatically marriage breakers. With professional help and individual cooperation, continuation of the relationship is possible. Unfortunately, this is not the reality in all cases. You may feel embarrassment or resentment if yours is one that did not work out, but you do not need to shame yourself whether you were the willing spouse or not. Only you know what is best for your family.

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