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Texas Grounds for Filing for Divorce

Posted on in Contested Divorce

Different U.S. states have different divorce laws, and this post will concentrate on the grounds upon which a divorce can be sought in Texas. The grounds for divorce are part of the information that needs to be provided in the Petition for Divorce. In addition to this blog post, the grounds for a Texas divorce petition can be found, for example, on divorcesource.com.

The appropriate lawful grounds, if agreed upon and substantiated by the parties, are:

  1. No Fault. If the marriage has become insupportable because of discord or conflict of personalities that destroys legitimate ends of the marital relationship and prevents any reasonable expectation of reconciliation, the court may grant a divorce without regard to fault.
  2. Cruelty. If one spouse is guilty of cruel treatment toward the complaining spouse of a nature that makes living together insupportable, the court may grant a divorce in favor of one spouse.
  3. Adultery. The court may grant a divorce in favor of one spouse if the other has committed adultery.
  4. Conviction Of Felony. If during the marriage one spouse: has been convicted of a felony; has been imprisoned for at least one year in the State Penitentiary, a Federal Penitentiary or the penitentiary of another state; and has not been pardoned. Although, the court may not grant a divorce under this section against a spouse who was convicted on the testimony of the other spouse.

Note that these are not the only grounds for divorce in Texas. When you need help with your divorce filing or proceedings, it is in your best interests to contact an experienced divorce attorney in your area. Check our served areas and contact our offices for a consultation.

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