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What Are Common Reasons for Divorce?

Divorce cases often revolve around certain issues or disputes. Depending on the basis of the divorce, the case may turn out differently in terms of property distribution, child custody, etc. Some common reasons why people may divorce include:

  • Marital unfaithfulness
  • False pretenses at beginning of marriage (i.e., lied about age, children from previous marriages, etc.)
  • Can no longer get along
  • Financial disputes
  • Custody disputes
  • Domestic violence or abuse

What Is No-Fault Divorce?

Many jurisdictions have specific laws allowing no-fault divorce. This is a type of divorce proceeding in which the couple does not need to actually state any specific dispute or issue as the basis of their divorce. This often allows for a more efficient and streamlined divorce proceeding.

There are some differences between fault divorces and no-fault divorces. For instance, in an at-fault divorce, a greater share of property may sometimes go to the party that wasn’t at fault. There may be different filing/waiting times and procedures involved for at-fault divorces.

Thus, if you have any questions about what type of divorce you need to file, you may need to hire a lawyer for advice.

Are There Any Alternatives to Divorce?

Depending on the reason for divorce, different legal proceedings may be more appropriate. For instance, if there are false pretenses at the basis of the marriage, an annulment may be more appropriate than a divorce. Or, in some cases, legal separation may be a more practical option. These all depend on the type of dispute involved.

Lastly, an alternative to divorce may be for the couple to remain together and try and "work things out". In this regard, the court can often suggest alternative measures such as marriage counseling, family mediation, and other alternative methods of dispute resolution.

Should I Hire a Lawyer for Help with Divorce Filings?

It can sometimes be difficult to tell what all your options are in terms of divorce or legal separation. You may need to hire a qualified family law lawyer if you need advice or representation regarding any types of legal issues. Your attorney can provide you with advice on how to proceed, and can also inform you of the possible outcomes and consequences of each option. If you need to appear in court or attend any meetings, your lawyer can be there to represent you.

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Last Modified: 05-24-2018 12:47 AM PDT

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