Depending on your circumstances, there are a few different types of divorce (also called dissolution in many states). Which route to take all depends on where you live and whether or not you and your spouse can come to an agreement.
Legal separation is one of the most misunderstood aspects of family law. Despite the assumptions of many, a separated couple who have filed for divorce is not legally separated. Legal separation is a totally separate mechanism under the law. Everything that can be accomplished in a divorce (child custody, child support, spousal support and property division determinations) with the exception of the legal dissolution of the marriage. Legal separations are also used in states that require a documented separation period prior to granting a divorce. [more…]
Another option to end a marriage is annulment. An annulment is not the same as a divorce. Annulment relies on the idea that the marriage either shouldn’t or wouldn’t have taken place if all the facts had been rightly known. While a wedding may have occurred, there was never actually a legal marriage to terminate and thus all that is needed is to officially declare the union to be void or voidable. [more…]