Texas Grounds for Divorce

The Petition for Divorce is the initial document filed with the Texas court. It is in this document that the filing spouse will request the court to terminate the marriage under certain specified grounds.

No-Fault Based Grounds:

The marriage has become insupportable because of discord or conflict of personalities that destroys the legitimate ends of the marital relationship and prevents any reasonable expectation of reconciliation.

Fault Based Grounds:

1. Mental Cruelty. 2. Adultery. 3. Imprisonment or Conviction of a felony. 4. Abandonment. 5. Living Separate and Apart. 6. Insanity and confinement to a state mental hospital.

Every divorce case that is filed in the state of Texas must declare the grounds in which the divorce is to be granted. The grounds for divorce must be substantiated with evidence or testimony otherwise the court may dismiss the case. When you are petitioning the court for a divorce, or agreeing to a divorce, make sure that you completely understand the grounds and any potential legal repercussions. If you would like to learn more about the Texas grounds, visit the Texas state statutes located at: