Don’t Lose Your Chance For No Fault Divorce in The Woodlands
No fault divorce is one of the most common types of divorce. You may recognize it as an uncontested divorce. It is a great option when you want to get on with your life rather than spend a lot of time and money playing the blame game in an open courtroom. Right now it is still an option, but that can change in 2017.
What Is No Fault Divorce?
In an uncontested no fault divorce the court doesn’t blame either of you. Without it, you would spend a lot of time and money in court trying to pin the blame on each other. If you and your ex agree on how to divide property, debts, and everything else then playing the blame game is a waste of time because it doesn’t change the outcome.
Representative Matt Krause from Fort Worth filed a bill to remove insupportability as a legal reason for ending a marriage. If successful, it would mean the only grounds for divorce would be: adultery, cruelty, abandonment, a felony conviction, living apart for at least three years or confinement to a mental hospital.
Children and Uncontested Divorce
Even if Representative Krause is on the right track that dissolving a marriage is too easy, his solution may be misguided. The reason I say that is because of cases involving children.
With the growth of collaborative divorce the courts are starting to recognize the value of avoiding the blame game. After all, you both have to remain parents after the divorce. So does forcing you to drag each other through the mud in a fault finding expedition help or harm your ability to function as parents? In my opinion the answer is clearly it harms everyone in the family.
How About a 180 Day Wait?
Representative Krause also filed a bill to extend the waiting period. Right now you have to wait 60 days before you can finalize your case. His proposal increases the wait to 180 days. That’s a pretty big increase for people that just want to get on with their lives. You might have to wait 6 months instead of just 2 months.
Don’t Lose Your Chance
Personally I would be surprised if this bill makes any significant progress through the legislature. But, you never know what will happen. If you want to be able to use the no fault divorce option, then don’t miss your opportunity. Start your case now if you want to take advantage of the favorable current rules.
The same goes for the 60 day waiting period. The legislature could increase that or add some new hoops to jump through. Start now or roll the dice with any new changes in 2017.