Divorce, legally referred to as the dissolution of marriage, is a court order that terminates a marriage before the death of either spouse. Divorce law and litigation can be quite complex, involving any of the following:
- Prenuptial agreements
- Marital agreements
- Custody of children
- Division of property
- Child support
Divorces carry with them the emotional strain of ending a marriage, which makes issues of property division and child custody far more complicated. The laws in each state differ with regard to these marriage and divorce issues, as well as the requirements for granting divorce. An experienced divorce attorney versed in family law will be able to explain the state divorce laws that apply to your situation.
While disagreements between spouses can lead to lengthy and expensive divorce proceedings, most are resolved without a contested trial. Mediation is an attempt to avoid divorce proceedings by working out terms both acceptable and agreeable to both parties. A divorce attorney can also help to facilitate an effective mediation that is beneficial to both divorcing spouses.