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Lawmaker seeks to change divorce laws

Texas residents who get married rarely do so with the thought of getting divorced in mind. However, the reality is that many marriages are not made in heaven for a lifetime and for some people, parting ways is the best thing to do. For many people who get divorced, there is no one event or cause that leads a couple to make this decision. Instead, an incompatibility or differences in goals may be reasons. These divorces are often referred to as no-fault divorces.

In 2015, a member of the Texas House of Representatives put forward a bill that aimed to get rid of no-fault divorces. Despite being passed by a slim margin by one committee, the bill did not advance as it could not make it past a State Assembly.

Today, however, the same lawmaker is promoting the same bill yet again. If passed, Texas spouses would not be able to get a divorce without stating a reason. The options from which to choose would be limited to cruelty, abandonment or adultery in most cases. If one spouse is either placed in a mental facility or convicted of a felony crime, a divorce may also be able to be granted without delay. Otherwise, spouses would be subject to a three-year waiting period during which time they would be required to live separately.

Whether or not this bill passes, residents in Texas may find it helpful to understand state laws governing divorce before they initiate such a step.

 Source: Communities Digital News, "Should we get rid of no-fault divorce laws?", Myra Fleischer, March 30, 2017

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