A Texas politician wants to end the availability of ‘no fault divorce’ in his state.
Under the current law, there six reasons Texans can choose to divorce without assigning blame to their spouse.
If they do not go down the ‘no fault’ route, married couples in the so-called Lone Star State must cite one of six factors in order to demonstrate that their marriage has broken down enough to warrant a divorce. These are adultery, abandonment, cruelty, a felony conviction, if the couple has lived apart for at least three years, or if one of them has been confined to a mental hospital.
However Matt Krause, a Republican member of the Texas House of Representatives, wants to make this the case with all divorces. He said the law needed to have “some kind of mechanism to where that other spouse has a defence”. The bill he proposed “goes a long way” towards strengthening the family, he claimed.
Austin-based family lawyer Slav Talavera told a local news station that as many as 90 per cent of his divorce cases involved the no fault option. If lawyers have to tell their clients “not only do you have to go through this difficult process but we have to blame someone for this divorce, it’s going to be a lot harder” he insisted.
No fault divorce is currently available, in some form, in all 50 states of the union. Countries like Australia, Canada, Sweden, Spain, Russia and China also have it as an option for married couples, but the UK does not. Despite numerous efforts by some family law professionals to change the law, married couples must still use blame when they want to divorce in this country.