You've came to the conclusion that you no longer want to be married. If you are like a lot of people, there will be two big questions you would like answered: will you have to provide a reason and is your reason good enough, legally speaking? Here's what you need to know about divorce and reasons for filing.
Do you have to give a reason why you want to get a divorce?
This is probably one of the more common questions people ask when they are considering filing for divorce. In a perfect situation, there would be a clear-cut reason why the marriage can simply no longer work. But the truth is, this is not always the case; sometimes people want to file for divorce simply because they do not want to be married to them any longer. It could be something like an lacking emotional connection or simply not feeling content in the marriage any longer, neither of which are technically specific reasons in the eyes of a family court system.
What will the state have to do with requiring a reason?
Whether or not you have to give a definitive reason for filing for divorce will have a lot to do with where you live. Some states have a list of acceptable reasons, or grounds, for a person to be able to use when seeking a divorce, but some states are pretty lenient. For example, in the state of Massachusetts, you can site "no longer wanting to be married" as a reason for filing. However, in the state of Texas, you will have limited options for reasons to file: abandonment, adultery, cruelty, one spouse is incarcerated or insane, or if there are differences that cannot be resolved are a few of the examples.
What happens if you don't have a legally acceptable reason?
If you have a different reason for seeking divorce other than what the state allows, you may have to live separately for a period of time before divorce will be granted. In most states that have stricter grounds for divorce laws, they will have secondary laws in place to help people make the divorce happen eventually as long as they go ahead and physically separate and stay separated for a period of time. Of course, this is not the most logical solution, but if you can't file for divorce because of reasons the state supports, you may indeed have to wait it out.
For more information, contact a local attorney such as Diane Dramko, Attorney At Law.