Even if they aren’t getting married, couples moving in together should still consider the future. Most partner cohabitation ends one of two ways: the couple gets married, or the couple breaks up. If they get married, suddenly all the marriage- and divorce-related laws discussed on this site become applicable. If they break up — well, […]
What is Divorce?
Divorce, the legal dissolution of a marriage, has evolved over the past century from a relatively rare, cause-based legal step to the no-fault route of today that is becoming increasingly more the norm. Despite how common it is, however, those contemplating their first divorce may feel overwhelmed by the process, the terminology, the timeline, and the many considerations to take into account along the way. Learning about divorce, beyond the simple definition everyone knows, is the first step toward dissolving your marriage as successfully as possible.
So we never actually got married… Can we still get “divorced”?
Ok, so we’ve gone over a lot of details about the process of divorcing and severing marriage ties. But what if you never got married? Cohabitation (couples living together without being married) is fairly common these days and brings with it a whole other set of complications. In some respects, it may seem simpler — […]
First steps in the divorce process: Defendant’s response
After the defendant spouse is served with the divorce complaint, he/she has two options: to respond or not. If the defendant spouse doesn’t contest the divorce, nothing more may be required of him/her. If the petitioning spouse is seeking child support, spousal support, property or the like, the court may require the defendant spouse appear […]
First steps in the divorce process: Filing the divorce complaint
The first official step in the divorce process is filing the divorce complaint. The complaint generally outlines the grounds for divorce (whether fault-based or summed up neatly under a category such as “irreconcilable differences”) and states what the petitioning spouse seeks in the divorce (known as “relief”). It is also used to officially give the […]
First steps in the divorce process: Residency
One of the first steps in getting a divorce is to make sure you meet the statutory requirements in your jurisdiction. Although those vary, you will almost invariably find that one requirement you need to meet is for residency. A state will only consider your divorce in its courts if it has jurisdiction, meaning you […]
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