Defining Divorce by the Law

A marriage is agreed upon by two individuals, and that agreement is just like a contract. Two people have made an agreement that is both personal and social, and is usually made in front of at least a few witnesses. This marital relationship can only be ended by divorce which is only done through the court system and it’s a matter of state law. The state you file in must be the state that you reside in legally, so long as you have lived in the state for 90 days.

What Does Grounds for Divorce Mean?

When filing for a divorce, you must state the reason for filing. This means that you are stating your “grounds for divorce”. Each state has its own law on what those grounds can be including abuse or even infidelity. In some states if one of the spouses has been in prison for a year or longer, a divorce may be filed. Some states will also allow you to file in the event that you file for irreconcilable differences.

Should one of the individuals not wish to agree to the divorce there is a way to contest the filing. However, disputes can also arise when alimony or child support is being disputed as well. When disagreements are made, only a judge is able to intervene. This is because many of these cases are complicated and require someone to step in and help settle the matter.

Divorces are Final

Once your divorce has been tried in court it’s final. There isn’t any way to “undo” a divorce unless the two individuals should decide to remarry in which case they would need to start over. The judge signs the petition and the divorce will be finalized in court. Divorce laws are not always easy to understand. If you have questions about your case and how to proceed, it’s time for you to seek the help of a divorce lawyer today.

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