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What does Insupportability or No-Fault in a Texas Divorce Mean?

Let's face it, the word 'divorce' can be as scary as a horror movie marathon in a haunted house. You're suddenly in a maze that's as confusing as a Rubik's cube, and it feels like everyone's speaking in a secret legal language you never learned. But here's the secret: you're not alone. And we're here to be your flashlight in the darkness, your decoder ring for all that legal jargon. Buckle up, because we're about to dive into the roller coaster world of insupportability in Texas.

What is insupportability, you ask? To put it in plain English, insupportability is the legal term Texas uses for a no-fault divorce. It's like saying, "Our marriage is like a pair of mismatched socks, it's not working, and there's no chance of us finding a match." But don't stop reading yet! This is just the tip of the iceberg.

In this candid exploration, we'll unpack the journey from filing the divorce papers to the final decree, and everything in between. We'll dive into the impact of divorce on the little ones, and how to shield them from the storm. We'll discuss the importance of lawyers in this process, and trust us, they're more than just suits and ties.

We'll also help you understand how assets and debts are divided - it's more than just a game of Monopoly. And what about alimony? We've got you covered. We'll even explore the world of mediation and alternative dispute resolution - think of it as a friendly negotiation rather than a battle.

Hold on tight, as we'll also touch on the personal and financial aftershocks of divorce and how to rise from the ashes. Rare but possible, we'll discuss what happens if you want to appeal a divorce decree. We'll also talk about life after divorce and how to deal with changes down the line.

Lastly, we'll navigate the tumultuous waters of divorce when domestic violence is involved. It's a challenging subject, but one that's essential to discuss.

So, grab your popcorn and a comfortable seat; we're about to demystify the grounds of insupportability in Texas. By the end, you'll feel more like a detective who's just solved a complicated case and less like a lost wanderer in the legal wilderness of divorce. Let's get started!

Potential clients who come to see us who have been served with divorce paperwork often ask us "What is "insupportabilty?"

Insupportability Under the Texas Family Code

The Texas Family Code section 6.001 says, "On the petition of either party to a marriage, the court may grant a divorce without regard to fault if 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."

No-Fault Divorce

One potential client told me, "That is clear as mud; what does insupportability mean?"

The most common way to obtain a Texas divorce is to file on the grounds of insupportability, which means "discord or conflict of personalities" that has prevented any "reasonable expectation of reconciliation."

Most states have laws for granting a no-fault divorce. Some states call this ground "irreconcilable differences" or "incompatibility." In Texas, our no-fault ground is insupportable.

A no-fault divorce means that a divorce can be granted to the spouse requesting a divorce without them having to prove their spouse was at fault for the breakup of the marriage.

A spouse seeking divorce on the ground of insupportability must still prove that the marriage is insupportable.

This is done by simply giving testimony, usually in the form of saying "yes" when their attorney asks if:

"Has the marriage become insupportable because of a discord or conflict of personalities that destroys the legitimate ends of the marriage relationship" with "no reasonable prospect of reconciliation?"

In Texas, it is not required that you show:

  1. The nature of the conflict
  2. Any effort to fix it or
  3. Who is at fault

Fault-Based Divorce in Texas

Other potential clients who come to see me have heard about no-fault divorce and believe that fault no longer matters in a Texas divorce.

Although it is no longer necessary to plead fault in a divorce in Texas, you can still state specific grounds under section 6 of the Texas Family Code for ending your marriage, including:

  1. Living apart
  2. Confinement in a mental hospital
  3. Cruelty
  4. Abandonment
  5. Conviction of a felony
  6. Adultery

A court may give more of the community property to the "innocent" spouse if fault is proven in divorce.

Before the passage of the "No Fault" statute, it was necessary to prove that one of the above grounds for divorce had taken place before you could obtain a divorce. This is no longer the case.

In Texas, forcing a spouse to stay married is no longer possible. If either spouse wants a divorce, they will be entitled to a divorce.

Grounds for Fault-Based Divorce


Living Apart

This can be used as a ground for divorce if the spouses have lived apart without cohabitation for at least three years.

Confinement in a Mental Hospital

If a spouse has been confined in a mental hospital for at least three years, and it is unlikely that the spouse's mental disorder will improve, this can be used as a ground for divorce.


If one spouse is cruel to the other to the point that living together is insupportable, this can be used as a ground for divorce.


If one spouse has left the other with the intention of abandonment and has been away for at least one year, this can be used as a ground for divorce.

Conviction of a Felony

If during the marriage, a spouse has been convicted of a felony and imprisoned for at least one year (and not pardoned), this can be used as a ground for divorce.


If one spouse has committed adultery, this can be used as a ground for divorce.

Is Marriage Counseling Required in Texas?

There is a provision for counseling in the Family Code; however, there is no legal duty to reconcile in Texas.

If a spouse wants to be divorced, there will be a divorce. A spouse can slow down the process, but ultimately it will happen.

The Legal Process for Filing for Divorce in Texas

When it comes to the grounds of insupportability in Texas, understanding the legal process of filing for divorce is essential.

Divorce can be daunting, filled with numerous documents, court procedures, and legal jargon. To initiate a divorce, you'll need to file an Original Petition for Divorce with the court in the county where either you or your spouse resides. This document outlines your reasons for divorce, your proposed property division, and any child custody or support requests.

The Role of Lawyers in an Insupportability Divorce Case

An experienced divorce attorney can guide you through this intricate process, helping you understand the legal language and negotiate terms. Lawyers play a critical role in these cases, particularly in insupportability divorces where the definition of "discord or conflict of personalities" can be ambiguous. Your attorney can help you present your case effectively, ensuring your rights are protected.

The Impact of Divorce on Children

In cases involving children, the grounds of insupportability in Texas can have a profound impact. The process of divorce can be emotionally taxing for children, and the court's primary concern is always their best interests. Issues like child custody, visitation rights, and child support can become complicated, and it's crucial to handle these delicately, keeping the children's well-being at the forefront.

Division of Assets and Debt

When you're dealing with an insupportability divorce in Texas, the division of assets and debt is a significant concern. While the article mentioned that the "innocent" spouse could receive more community property, it's important to note that Texas is a community property state. This means all assets and debts acquired during the marriage, with a few exceptions, are considered community property and are divided equally upon divorce. However, this can become complex, and understanding your rights can make a significant difference.

Spousal Support/Alimony in Texas

In divorce cases, spousal support, or alimony, becomes a hot-button issue. This is an area that the article didn't touch on, but it's a crucial aspect of many divorces. In Texas, alimony is not automatic; it depends on several factors, including the length of the marriage, the financial resources of both parties and the capacity of the spouse seeking support to provide for their minimum reasonable needs.

Mediation and Alternative Dispute Resolution

You might be surprised to learn that not all divorces end up in a courtroom. Mediation and alternative dispute resolution can provide a less adversarial, more cost-effective way to settle the grounds of insupportability in Texas. In mediation, a neutral third party helps the couple negotiate and agree on various aspects of their divorce. This method can reduce tension and lead to a more amicable dissolution of marriage.

Effects of Divorce on Personal and Financial Life

Divorce, particularly on the grounds of insupportability in Texas, can substantially impact your personal and financial life. It can lead to changes in living situations, potential tax implications, and the need for financial rebuilding. Preparing for these changes and understanding how to navigate them is crucial.

Appealing a Divorce Decree

Although it's not common, there are circumstances where you might want to appeal your divorce decree. This could be due to a perceived error in the court's decision or a significant change in circumstances. Understanding the conditions and process for an appeal can be vital in these situations.

Post-Divorce Modifications

Life doesn't remain static after a divorce. Over time, there may be a need to modify the terms of the divorce decree, particularly about child custody or support. These modifications can be due to changes in employment, relocation, or the child's needs. Understanding how this process works and when you might need to consider it is essential.

Domestic Violence and Divorce

One crucial aspect that needs to be addressed when discussing the grounds of insupportability in Texas is the factor of domestic violence. Victims of domestic violence have rights and protections under Texas law, and it's crucial to understand these when going through a divorce. When domestic violence is involved, the divorce process can be drastically different. It can affect many aspects of the divorce proceedings, from child custody to property division.

In conclusion, understanding the grounds of insupportability in Texas is the first step. Navigating through the legal intricacies of a divorce requires a deeper understanding of the process, the role of legal counsel, the impact on children, and the division of assets and debts. Furthermore, understanding issues such as alimony, mediation, the effects on personal and financial life, and the possibility of post-divorce modifications can equip you to handle the process more effectively. Finally, acknowledging the impact of domestic violence on divorce proceedings is a critical aspect that should not be overlooked.

The End of One Journey, The Start of Another: Decoding Insupportability in Texas

And there we have it, folks! We've journeyed together through the winding labyrinth of insupportability in Texas, like intrepid explorers navigating the Amazon, and emerged on the other side more knowledgeable and prepared for the trials ahead.

Let's face it: divorce, like a rush-hour traffic jam, is something no one wants to be stuck in. But sometimes, it's unavoidable. The good news is, you're now equipped with the GPS to navigate it.

We've unraveled the mystery of the legal process, unmasked the heroes that are divorce attorneys, and delved into the tender topic of how this journey impacts the most innocent passengers - the children. We've split the assets and debts, understood the enigma of alimony, and introduced you to the peacekeepers in the world of divorce - the mediators.

We've also prepared you for the aftereffects of this seismic shift in your life, illuminated the rare path of appealing a divorce decree, and explored life after the dust settles. And lastly, we've faced the dark underbelly of domestic violence and divorce, shedding light on this critical issue.

In short, we've laid bare the concept of insupportability in Texas, transforming it from a confusing legal term into a roadmap for the road ahead. But remember, this is just the beginning of your journey. With every twist and turn, you'll become stronger, more resilient, and better equipped to navigate the future.

As they say, "This too shall pass," before you know it, you'll be cruising on the highway of life again, ready to take on the next adventure. Thank you for joining us on this journey through the world of insupportability in Texas. We wish you nothing but clear skies and smooth sailing ahead!

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FAQs about Insupportability in Texas Divorce

What if marriage has become insupportable because of discord?

If a marriage has become insupportable due to discord, it is grounds for a no-fault divorce in Texas. This means that neither spouse has to prove the other was at fault for the marriage breakdown.

Is insupportability the number one ground for divorce in Texas?

Yes, insupportability is the most common ground for divorce in Texas, often associated with the concept of a no-fault divorce.

What does insupportable mean in a divorce?

In a divorce, 'insupportable' refers to a marriage that has become intolerable due to discord or conflict of personalities, with no reasonable expectation of reconciliation.

What are acceptable grounds for divorce in Texas?

In Texas, acceptable grounds for divorce include insupportability, living apart, confinement in a mental hospital, cruelty, abandonment, conviction of a felony, and adultery.

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