Divorce Defined

In family law, divorce (sometimes called “dissolution”) is the legal process by which a valid marriage is ended and the judge distributes the marital (and sometimes the non-marital) property owned by the parties, orders spousal support if appropriate, makes child custody orders, and orders child support by one or both parents.

Divorce is different from annulment. An annulment is a court order that says that the marriage was not validly entered into.

Divorce is also different from legal separation. In a legal separation, the property and support rights of the husband and wife are decided, but they remain legally married. If you want to remarry, you must get a divorce – a legal separation will not allow you to remarry.

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