Definition - What does Divorce mean?
Divorce is the dissolution of a marriage under the law of a particular jurisdiction. Although the specific laws for divorce vary depending on the jurisdiction, a divorce process through a legal authority or court is required to dissolve a marriage.
Divorce is classified into different categories depending on the laws and the process under which divorce is sought. Categories may include:
- Fault divorce
- No-fault divorce
- Mediated divorce
- Summary divorce
- Contested divorce
- Uncontested divorce
- Collaborative divorce
A divorce differs from annulment or a separation.
Justipedia explains Divorce
In a few states, the requirements placed on petitioning spouses can be more restrictive and can often require the agreement of both spouses to legitimatize. All the normal components of a divorce case can be present in a dissolution of marriage, including:
- Child custody
- Child support
- Ownership and division of property issues
Under certain circumstances, the dissolution of a marriage can facilitate the change of other factors. For instance, if one spouse has a pension that has not yet been collected, the other spouse may be entitled to a portion of it when it pays out in the future. For this reason, a copy of the dissolution of marriage documents will be sent to the pension board to authorize a change in the beneficiaries of the pension, splitting it between both spouses.