Galveston Divorce Law Attorney
Ending a marriage is never an easy decision. If you are contemplating filing for divorce–or your spouse has already served you with papers–it is important to get impartial legal advice before proceeding any further. At the Law Offices of Tad Nelson & Associates, our experienced divorce attorneys have assisted many residents of Galveston County with completing the divorce process. Whether your goal is mediated, no-fault divorce or a contested proceeding, we work to achieve the most favorable outcome for your and your family.
Fault vs. No-Fault Divorce in Texas
Historically, American law made it difficult to end a marriage. One spouse had to allege and prove misconduct on the part of the other spouse. But in recent decades, Texas has come to recognize “no-fault” divorces, although fault-based grounds remain on the books.
The principal grounds for fault-based divorce include:
- Cruel treatment;
- One spouse is convicted of a felony and confined to jail for at least 1 year;
- One spouse abandons the other and “remains away” for at least 1 year; or + One spouse has been confined to a mental hospital for at least 3 years and suffers from an incurable disorder.
In contrast, a no-fault divorce only requires one spouse allege the marriage is “insupportable because of discord or conflict of personalities.” The judge can then award a divorce without finding either spouse at fault. Additionally, a court may grant no-fault divorce if the estranged spouses have “lived apart” for at least three years without reconciling.
Contested vs. Uncontested Divorce
Divorce does not always mean discord. Many spouses split amicably. Through the use of mediation and collaborative law, they can resolve any outstanding issues–e.g., division of property, child custody, spousal maintenance–without the need for a formal trial. The Law Offices of Tad Nelson & Associates can assist you with such processes. But we are also prepared to represent your interests in court should a settlement ultimately prove unworkable.
Whatever your situation, our primary goal is to help you through the legal process of divorce. We can identify realistic goals and explain all of your options in a friendly and professional manner. If you are living in the Galveston or League City area and would like to schedule a consultation to discuss your case, contact us today at (281) 962-7817.