When the marriage of a Texas couple is coming to an end, the process of divorce may seem bewildering and daunting. Understanding the basic requirements and the court procedure can help allay some of the fears people may have when they are contemplating a divorce.
The first hurdle that must be met is that the state must have jurisdiction over the matter. This requirement is met as long as one or both spouses have resided in Texas for at least six months. Then, the person who will file must select the grounds under which he or she will be doing so. Most people opt to file a no-fault divorce on grounds of insupportability. Some, however, choose a fault-based ground, such as adultery, a spouse that has been convicted of a felony, a spouse that has been institutionalized, cruelty or that the pair have been living apart for six months or more.