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Texas could soon make it harder to divorce

A Texas State Representative has proposed a bill that would make getting a divorce in Texas more difficult, eliminating the so called "no-fault" divorce.

Currently, Texas is one of several states to allow couples to divorce without either party being at fault. Under the new proposed bill, one spouse would be forced to be seen as legally responsible for the breakdown of the marriage. Currently, three out of seven Texas marriages end in divorce, with a good majority of those considered as "no-fault."

What does the law propose?

The bill, proposed by Rep. Matt Krause, R-Fort Worth, is an attempt to have married couples in Texas attempt to work out their differences for longer, rather than flocking to the no-fault option, according to a recent article by KXAN.

If the bill passes, an individual would be able to declare divorce only on the following six grounds: adultery, abandonment of at least one year, a felony conviction or long-term incarceration (of more than one year), cruelty, confinement to a mental institution for at least three years, or living apart for at least three years.

After input from constituents, Rep. Krause amended the bill to limit it to cases in which both parties don't consent to the divorce. In addition, the bill is also limited to marriages with children, and the final documents will be redacted, preventing anyone besides the couple involved from discovering who was at fault in the divorce.

The bill is expected to pass the house.

What is no-fault divorce?

In Texas, as in many other states, a no-fault divorce means just that: a spouse doesn't have to prove that the other is at fault, allowing for a simpler and quicker divorce process. In a fault divorce, the spouses can present evidence against each other, usually to be determined by a judge.

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