When a Houston couple decides to end its marriage the parties to the union may do so either based on fault grounds or through a no-fault divorce. Fault grounds, which include but are not limited to adultery, cruelty, conviction of a felony and abandonment, demonstrate that the actions of one of the parties led to the deterioration of the marital relationship. No-fault grounds, on the other hand, simply suggest that the couple wants to end its relationship without placing blame on either of the parties.
A Texas lawmaker recently proposed a bill that would end couples' abilities to pursue no-fault divorces. Under the bill the fault grounds would be the only way that a couple could secure a divorce; the lawmaker believes that by removing the no-fault grounds option from Texas law that more couples would stay married under the more difficult grounds' standards.