Marriage Dissolution Legal Disputes

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What is Marriage Dissolution?

Marriage dissolution is the formal legal process for terminating a marriage.  This is usually initiated when one spouse files divorce or dissolution papers with the court.  This signals the beginning of the process for legally ending the marriage relationship.  Dissolution of marriage is final and can have far-reaching effects on each partner, as well as an children involved.

Is There Any Difference Between Divorce and Dissolution?

Divorce and dissolution are very similar when it comes to the legal process.  However, one main distinction is that dissolution usually involves a “no-fault” hearing, whereas divorce may be based on an “at-fault” basis. 

Also, for dissolutions, it is typically required that both parties agree to various factors before the order is actually reviewed by the court.  These can include factors such as alimony (spousal support), child support, etc.  This can save the parties both time and resources, as official court intervention doesn’t really occur until an agreement is reached by both sides. 

What are Some Common Marriage Dissolution Legal Disputes?

As mentioned, the parties need to work out any legal disputes and contentions before they can submit their petition with the court.  These may include:

Again, these discussions and negotiations generally need to occur between the parties before the court gets involved.  This can happen through informal negotiations, or through mediation from a previous proceeding.  In generally, the parties may consider obtaining legal representation when discussing these legal issues. 

Do I Need an Attorney for Help With Marriage Dissolution Legal Disputes?

Marriage dissolution is generally a quicker and less intensive process than a divorce lawsuit.  However, it is generally recommended that you hire a lawyer if you will be filing for dissolution.  Your attorney can guide you through the process, assist you during negotiations, and represent you during the actual court hearings.   

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Last Modified: 04-25-2013 11:07 AM PDT

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