What Are the Grounds for Divorce in Texas?

Texas Family Code Chapter 6 Subchapter A establishes the seven grounds for divorce:

  • Abandonment – One spouse left the other with the intention of abandoning them and stayed away for at least one year.
  • Living apart – The couple resided separately for at least three years before filing for divorce.
  • Adultery – The other spouse committed adultery against the petitioning spouse.
  • Confinement in a mental hospital – One spouse is in a private mental hospital or state mental hospital in Texas or another state, and it appears that an adjustment of their mental disorder is unlikely, or relapse is probable.
  • Cruelty – One spouse’s cruel treatment of the other renders residing together insupportable.
  • Felony conviction – Either spouse received a felony conviction, served a sentence in prison for at least one year, and hasn’t received a pardon.
  • Insupportability – The marriage is unsupportable due to conflict or discord of personalities that destroys the marital relationship and prevents reasonable expectations of reconciling.