What Is Dissolution of Marriage?

in User Help Last updated Jun 12, 2018

The term marriage dissolution is one way to address a situation when a marriage is no longer beneficial for all parties involved. Many states are using the term interchangeably with divorce, but the situations can be very different. Many states have incorporated the definition of marriage dissolution into divorce. But let’s take a closer look at the differences.

Divorce vs. Dissolution

Marriage dissolution is not the same as a divorce. Perhaps the simplest way to explain it is that in a marriage dissolution, there is an attempt by both parties to separate amicably. Unlike a divorce, it is not finalized with legal documents. A marriage dissolution only means that both people involved have agreed to end the union and go their separate ways.

Can Dissolution Become Divorce?

Be aware that you or your partner can file for a divorce to legally finalize the separation. It will take a much shorter time to process because the two of you have agreed to the terms of the separation. It is also very likely that you have managed to separate the bank accounts and agreed to terms for the custody of the children and other assets when you separate. Getting a divorce only means that the separation is final and has a legal binding. 

Before deciding to end the union and seek for dissolution of marriage, it would be wise for both parties to discuss ways to save the relationship. But when a separation is agreed upon, you should seek help from an attorney to guide you through the legal process. Make sure that you know all the consequences of your divorce. You should have a discussion with your partner about any joint accounts and assets, child support and alimony and other details that need to be figured out prior to the start the separation process. Remaining in good communication with your spouse will ensure that the process will be quicker and easier than a contested divorce.


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