Divorce rates have hovered near the 50 percent mark for many years. With so many societal influences, not to mention the financial dynamics, it can be challenging for any couple to hold together a healthy marriage, much less one that’s become unhealthy. When there are children involved, it must be approached in such a way that protects them instead of putting them in the line of fire. That’s a challenge in many Texas divorce cases. No longer is it two spouses who are parting ways, but rather, it becomes two parents who want to end the marriage but want to do so in the least traumatizing way for the little ones.
Texas Grounds for Divorce
Texas has seven grounds for divorce. Most end because of “Insupportability”, which simply means the marriage can no longer function in any healthy or meaningful way. There may be problems that cannot be overcome or disagreements that snowballed into real damage to the marriage. This is the only grounds for divorce that doesn’t require blame.
The remaining six grounds for divorce in Texas:
- Felony conviction
- Physical distance (if the spouses have lived apart for a considerable amount of time)
- Admission into a mental facility (requires one party to have been confined for at least 3 years)
Texas is a community property state, meaning a division of equal proportions is the goal for the material property you’ve accumulated during the marriage. Of course, any unpaid debt will also be divided, based on a couple’s unique circumstances.
While divorce is never easy, those couples that are able to see past the pain are the ones who have a much easier time during the divorce process. When there are children involved, it becomes that much more important. As parents, we have a responsibility to deflect as much of the trauma as possible in order to protect them. In fact, custody issues are always top priority in a divorce.
Because more fathers are seeking – and the courts are granting – full custody of their children, we specialize in those cases. Traditionally, mothers received physical custody in a divorce with children; our modern society no longer makes that assumption.
To learn more about filing for divorce in Texas, or if you wish to modify a divorce and custody agreement already in place, please contact our offices today. We stand ready to provide legal guidance so that you can pick up the pieces and move forward.