The dissolution of marriage, more commonly known as divorce, is the legal termination of a marriage. This process cannot be baseless; marital misconduct or other statutory cause(s) arising after the marriage ceremony must be indicated. At the end of a divorce, both parties become single again.
In some states, limited divorces, also know as “legal separation” may be authorized. In legal separation, the marriage remains, but a court confers a legal status under which the court determines rights and liabilities of the couple regarding child custody, support, visitation, alimony, property, and debts.
Another option enacted by many states is the no-fault divorce. In a no-fault divorce, the requirement to prove that one of the parties committed adultery, abuse, or another of the specified grounds for divorce is eliminated. Finding the relationship “no longer viable” is grounds enough.
Annulment is different than marriage. Rather than dissolving the marriage, annulment voids it, as if it never occured or was never valid in the first place. Due to this, an annulment is only granted if the initial marriage contract is defective in some way: one of the parties is underage or lacks the mental capacity to consent, for example.
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