Are You Really Ready for Divorce?

People have a desire for companionship and they are willing to risk a lot for love. With 9 out of 10 Americans getting married at some point in their life, it seems like a good idea to get married. There are financial benefits and married couples are traditionally happier and more economically stable than their single, divorced, or separated counterparts. However, your marriage is in question and you’re facing a real dilemma. A divorce or separation is hard to deal with regardless of how your separation goes down. This will feel deeply frustrating. You will want to argue over details, assign blame, and defend your actions … but here’s the truth: it really doesn’t matter any more. The kindest thing you can do for you and your spouse if divorce is what you want is to be very clear about your decision and be clear about what you want. The Sooner the Better! For whatever the reasons, wrapping your mind around the fact that you’re getting divorced (or even thinking of divorce) is not to be taken lightly. It’s traumatic! Deciding to divorce is one of the most crucial decisions you can make with consequences that last for years or even a lifetime. Most couples who begin a divorce are unprepared and are often not even in agreement. Usually on some level there is a struggle to understand why it’s happening. You or both of you are not really ready for the divorce, but you know it is inevitable. Why Consult A Divorce Attorney? For divorce to be a collaborative and respectful process, you must be prepared and ready to separate your...

What About No-Fault Divorce in Texas?

Did you know that a member of the Texas House of Representatives proposed a bill to do away with no-fault divorce in Texas? Currently, all 50 U.S. states have some form of no-fault divorce option. In fact, New York State was the last state in 2010 to pass a law allowing no-fault divorce. Details about the Proposed Texas Bill to Eliminate No-fault Divorce According to the San Antonio Express News, Texas Representative Matt Krause in Fort Worth proposed a bill to eliminate no-fault divorces. He also wants to extend the waiting period for a divorce from 60 to 180 days. In addition, for couples to divorce peacefully without using fault grounds of cruelty, adultery etc., they would first have to live separately for three years. Or, to get a divorce they must allege abandonment by the other spouse after living apart for a year. Currently, Texans can divorce based on no-fault grounds of insupportability. As the name suggests, it does not require one spouse to blame the other for the marriage breakdown. Insupportability as grounds for divorce assumes that couples have conflicting personalities or differences they are unable to reconcile. Arguments Against the Bill In particular, low-income couples would have a more difficult time getting a divorce because they would have to pay higher legal fees to prove fault. It would also force a spouse to come up with fault reasons to blame the other spouse when perhaps nothing like cruelty, adultery, insanity or abandonment existed. Fault based divorce also encourages adversarial battles and forces couples to stay together in an unhappy marriage they’re unable to resolve. Divorce rates in...