Divorce is one of the areas of the law that many people are acquainted with, unlike many other areas of legal practice. The common refrain is that almost half of all marriages in America end in a divorce, so many people have personal experience with the divorce process or know someone who has been through a divorce. But, no matter how common divorce is, it is important to understand what actually happens in a divorce.

First, our readers should realize that every divorce case is different. Different family situations lead to different divorce preferences, which leads to different end results. However, there are some common themes in most divorces cases. For instance, every divorce will need to address the concept of property division, in which the couple divides their assets and debts between themselves for life after the divorce.

Next, many couples have children at the time that they go through the divorce, so it will be necessary to address the potentially contentious issues of child custody and child support. These are areas in which couples can have a hard time reaching out-of-court agreements, so oftentimes the court needs to get involved to resolve these issues.

Lastly, the divorce process may include a decision about spousal support, more commonly known as "alimony." If the two soon-to-be ex-spouses are not similarly situated when it comes to their income from employment, a court may order one spouse to pay alimony to the other for a certain period of time. Alimony can also be a very contentious issue in a divorce.

No Comments

Leave a comment
Comment Information

View Map

Back To Top