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Our experienced attorneys at the Vaught Law Firm understand the financial and emotional impact divorce can have on you. The divorce process can be difficult and intimidating without skilled and knowledgeable representation. When your financial and legal rights are at stake, our reliable, dedicated, and compassionate divorce attorneys are ready to advise and represent you.

Here at the Vaught Law Firm, our Austin divorce lawyers practice exclusively in divorce and family law to ensure you receive effective representation for even the most complex divorce cases. We’ll explore the most suitable options on how to move forward to ensure you receive the legal representation you need. Seek relief and the closure you need through our legal staff at the Vaught Law Firm today.


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Grounds for Divorce

In Texas, there are two types of grounds for divorce, no-fault and fault-based. A no-fault divorce simply states that the marriage has become insupportable because of discord and conflict, which destroys the legitimate ends of the marriage relationship, and prevents any reasonable expection of reconciliation. A fault-based divorce alleges the divorce was caused by the behavior of the other spouse.

The Texas Family Code lists the grounds for divorce as Insupportability (no-fault), Cruelty, Adultery, Conviction of a Felony, Abandonment, Living Apart and Confinement in a Mental Hospital.

Very few divorces are filed using fault-based grounds. One reason is that a Petition for Divorce is a public document, and most couples do not want for their private marital issues to be on display. At the end of a divorce, the parties can ask the court to seal the record so the details of the divorce are no longer available to the public.

Conviction of Felony

A divorce may be granted if the other spouse has been convicted of a felony, has been incarcerated for at least one year, and has not been pardoned. However, a divorce may not be granted based on conviction of a felony if the spouse was convicted by the testimony of the other spouse.

Confinement In A Mental Hospital

Divorce may be granted if one spouse has been confined in a state or private mental hospital for at least three years and is not likely to adjust, or, if the spouse adjusts, will probably suffer a relapse.


Divorce may be granted on the grounds of abandonment if one spouse leaves with the intention of abandonment and remains away for at least one year.


Divorce may be granted if one spouse is guilty of cruel treatment towards the other spouse. Cruelty must rise to a level above trivial disagreements and must be of a nature that is insufferable or intolerable.


Divorce may be granted as no-fault due to irreconcilable differences without the expectancy of reconciliation.


Divorce may be granted due to adultery or infidelity committed by the other spouse.

Living Apart

If you and your spouse have lived apart for at least three years, divorce may be granted.

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What is the Difference Between Dissolution & Divorce?

Our language is always evolving, and although the law has very stable technical terms and definitions, the way we speak about things and convey ideas to each other causes technical meanings and usage to become more informal and a little blurred. Dissolution and divorce are just different words currently used to describe the same action (getting divorced) because “divorce” (as a noun or “thing”) has been converted by common usage to act as a verb or action word.

So, the correct term when a judge declares the marriage is over is that the marriage is “dissolved”. And when someone says that they are getting a “divorce” they really mean that they are in the process of dissolving their marriage and at the end of the process, they will receive a Final Decree of Divorce.

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family law attorney Jimmy Vaught

Attorney Jimmy Vaught

Jimmy Vaught has over 30 years of legal experience and is a fellow member of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers – a highly respected organization of family lawyers.

Divorce and Family Law Attorney Jason Wright

Attorney Jason Wright

Jason Wright has over 7 years of experience representing clients in divorce and family law cases involving child custody and property division.

Family Law and Divorce Attorney Erin Leake

Attorney Erin Leake

Erin Leake has over 6 years of family law experience with a focus on divorce, child support, modifications, child custody, and enforcements.

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We understand the emotional distress that divorce can bring throughout the process. The attorneys of Vaught Law Firm are here to help you through it and move forward with your life. No matter the complexity of your case, our attorneys have the knowledge and expertise to represent you. Get started by scheduling a consultation or calling us today at 512-342-9980 to get in touch with one of our divorce experts!