Every couple goes through hard times, but this doesn’t always mean it has to end in divorce. In fact, in the state of Texas, there are only seven legal reasons that qualify you to file for divorce. They are:
- Irreconcilability/insupportability – This essentially means that the marriage is no longer supportable due to disagreements or conflict, and that there is no expectation of reconciliation of those conflicts.
- Adultery – If one spouse has cheated on another, the victim can file for divorce, citing adultery as the reason. In this case, “cheating” refers to engaging in sexual intercourse with a person outside the marriage. You must be able to prove that the sexual exchange happened in order to cite this as a valid reason for divorce.
- Physical or mental abuse/cruelty – When one spouse treats the other so cruelly or inhumanely that cohabitating is no longer a possibility, cruelty may be cited as grounds for the divorce.
- Not living together – After at least three years of living apart, this may be considered a reason for divorce.
- Abandonment – If your spouse left you and your family and has not returned for more than a year, this is considered abandonment and grounds for divorce.
- Felony conviction – If during the course of your marriage, your spouse was convicted of a felony and subsequently imprisoned for at least a year, you may cite this on your divorce papers.
- Confinement to a mental hospital – If your spouse has been in a mental hospital for at least three years, and their condition is not improving, you may cite this as grounds.
Does one of these reasons apply to your marriage? Call 888-584-9614 to speak to a Dallas, TX divorce lawyer at Warren & Migliaccio today.