The 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.
If 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.
Another type of dissolution of marriage is annulment. Like a divorce, annulments also dissolve a marriage, but in the way, as though it never happened. Annulment declares a marriage null, void and invalid. An alternative for divorcing could be a legal separation. It does not put an end to the marriage, but enables you to live separately and remain married. A court will define the rights and responsibilities for each partner.
Divorce can be a stressful experience that affects living arrangements, finances, parenting and others. If you need legal help, don’t hesitate to contact a qualified divorce lawyer. At Legal Bistro you can find the right one to handle your case!