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Divorce – Annulment – Separation

We’re here to explain all of your options and help you make the right decision for your circumstances.  Below we’ve listed a few definitions to help you determine the direction that is best for you and your situation.

Divorce
Divorce (or dissolution of marriage) is the termination of a marriage or marital union, the canceling and/or reorganizing of the legal duties and responsibilities of marriage, thus dissolving the bonds of matrimony between a married couple under the rule of law of the particular country and/or state. The legal process of divorce may also involve issues of alimony (spousal support), child custody, child visitation/access, parenting time, child support, distribution of property, and division of debt.

Annulment
Annulment is a legal procedure for declaring a marriage null and void.  Unlike divorce, it is usually retroactive, meaning that an annulled marriage is considered to be invalid from the beginning almost as if it had never taken place.

Contested Divorce
Contested divorce means that one of several issues are required to be heard by a judge at trial level. In such a divorce the spouses are not able to agree on issues for instance child custody and division of marital assets. Less adversarial approaches to divorce settlements have recently emerged, such as mediation and collaborative divorce settlement, which negotiate mutually acceptable resolution to conflicts.

Uncontested Divorce
This is when the two parties are able to come to an agreement about the property, children, and support issues. When the parties can agree and present the court with a fair and equitable agreement, approval of the divorce is almost guaranteed. If the two parties cannot come to an agreement, they may ask the court to decide how to split property and deal with the custody of their children.

Legal Separation
Legal separation is a legal process by which a married couple may formalize a de facto separation while remaining legally married. A legal separation is granted in the form of a court order. In cases where children are involved, a court order of legal separation often makes temporary arrangements for the care, custody, and financial support of the children (“for the time being”). Thus, part of the court order determines child custody.

Mediation
Mediation is the attempt to help parties in a disagreement to hear one another, to minimize the harm that can come from disagreement, to maximize any area of agreement, and to find a way of preventing the areas of disagreement from interfering with the process of seeking a compromise or mutually agreed outcome.

No-Fault
No fault is a divorce in which the dissolution of a marriage does not require a showing of wrongdoing by either party. Laws providing for no-fault divorce allow a family court to grant a divorce in response to a petition by either party of the marriage without requiring the petitioner to provide evidence that the defendant has committed a breach of the marital contract.

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“Marriage isn’t a love affair. It isn’t even a honeymoon. It’s a job. A long hard job, at which both partners have to work, harder than they’ve worked at anything in their lives before. If it’s a good marriage, it changes, it evolves, but it goes on getting better. I’ve seen it with my own mother and father. But a bad marriage can dissolve in a welter of resentment and acrimony. I’ve seen that, too, in my own miserable and disastrous attempt at making another person happy. And it’s never one person’s fault. It’s the sum total of a thousand little irritations, disagreements, idiotic details that in a sound alliance would simply be disregarded, or forgotten in the healing act of making love. Divorce isn’t a cure. It’s a surgical operation, even if there are no children to consider”. –Rosamunde Pilcher, “Wild Mountain Thyme”

No one enters a marriage anticipating that they will ever be dealing with divorce. Once the possibility of divorce arises, things can change very quickly. Suddenly your faced with enormous stress and turmoil. This state of mind can greatly affect your ability to make smart decisions when it truly counts. Sometimes what looks good now can be detrimental to you in the future. You need an attorney, one that will look out for your best interests in the short term and the long term. You have enough on your mind. It’s time to move forward and get the life back that you deserve.

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