Dissolution Of Marriage: Divorce, Separation, Annulment

marriageThe dissolution of marriage is a legal act that not always coincides with the wishes of both parties. Divorce is a very complicated and typically emotional process that involves division of marital property, debt, custody of any children, payment of child and/or spousal support and others. Generally, divorce is defined as legal termination of a marriage relationship.

divorceIf there are no disagreements between both parties and they can reach a decision on basic divorce issues without going to trial, the divorce is called uncontested. A contested divorce happens when the spouses cannot reach an agreement on terms of divorce and they end up in a court. When a spouse asking for divorce does not have to prove that the other spouse did something wrong, the divorce is considered to be a no fault divorce. If the reason of divorce is cruelty, adultery, imprisonment of a spouse for several years or other wrongdoings, this makes up a fault divorce.

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Separations – Do They Mean The End Of Marriage And Are A Prelude to Divorce?

separateThey say marriages are made in heaven. No one knows how long their marriage will last but once reached the breaking point, the couple decides to separate. Separation means that the married couple is simply living apart. The law does not require a married couple to live together.  A Legal separation is a court order that mandates the rights and duties of a couple while they are still married, but living apart. A legal separation isn’t a divorce. A benefit of a legal separation is that it is the last chance to save a marriage by revising spouses’ mistakes and coming to an agreement.

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