Divorce, or the dissolution of marriage, is handled at the state level. In Texas, legal requirements for divorce include the establishment of domicile (permanent home) in the state for at least six months, among other regulations.
Texas Divorce Laws: Legal Grounds
In Texas, divorce law allows for no-fault divorce, which means neither party needs to provide evidence that the other party is at fault. But technically speaking, the divorce petition for a no-fault divorce will list “unsupportability” as the cause (or fault). This is defined by statute as a marriage that cannot be supported because of “discord or conflict of personalities that destroys the legitimate ends of the marital relationship and prevents any reasonable expectation of reconciliation.”
Other grounds include cruelty, adultery, the conviction of a felony, abandonment, living apart (the parties are legally separated), or confinement in a mental hospital. Defenses to divorce in Texas are exceedingly rare, limited to situations where the court finds a “reasonable expectation of reconciliation.”