Divorce

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This table shows the businesses providing advice on divorce and how their customers have rated them.

Divorce is the termination of a marriage or marital union, which involves the canceling and/or reorganizing of the legal duties and responsibilities of marriage. This therefore dissolves the bonds of matrimony between a married couple under the rule of law of the particular country and/or state. Divorce laws vary considerably around the world, however in the majority of countries divorce requires the sanction of a court or other authority in a legal process.

The legal process of divorce may also involve issues surrounding:

  • Alimony (spousal support)
  • Child custody
  • Child visitation / access
  • Parenting time
  • Child support
  • Distribution of property
  • Division of debt.

In the majority of countries monogamy is required by law, so divorce allows each former partner to marry another person; this means where polygyny (a man with more than one wife) is legal but polyandry (a woman with more than one husband) is not, divorce allows the woman to marry a new husband.

Divorce should not be confused with annulment, which declares the marriage null and void. The reasons for divorce vary, from sexual incompatibility or lack of independence for one or both spouses to a personality clash or sexual infidelity.

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