Divorce: The Legal Dissolution of a Marriage

Divorce: The Legal Dissolution of a Marriage

What is a Divorce?

Divorce, also known as the dissolution of a legal marriage, is the final termination of a marital union, which cancels that the legal duties and responsibilities of marriage and dissolves the bonds of matrimony between the parties involved. This should not be confused with an annulment, which declares the marriage completely null and void.

More than half of all legal marriage end in some type of dissolution or separation. Many of the cases a typical private investigator becomes involved with involve issues between married partners to some extent. Private eyes should have at least a basic understanding of the laws and issues related to matrimony, divorce and legal separation.

Divorce laws vary considerably around the world, but in most countries getting a divorce requires the sanction or approval of a court or other authority in a legal process.

The legal process for divorce may also involve issues of spousal support, child custody, child support, distribution of property and assets and the division of debt.

Where monogamy is law, divorce allows each former partner to marry another person. In areas where polygamy is legal, divorce allows the woman to marry another.

Divorce Legal Forms

U.S. Legal Forms provides the necessary forms to file for divorce in each state. Go to Divorce Forms for more information and links to forms for each state.

Divorce Investigations

Private investigators are often hired to conduct divorce investigations.  Private detectives use a variety of Spy Gear to conduct covert surveillance to capture spouse’s activities.

For more legal definitions, visit our Glossary of Legal and Investigation Terms.


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