Divorce is a process that legally separates a married couple and allows them the legal ability, if they choose, to marry another. It provides for the division of marital assets, debts, and the care and custody of the children. Most states, like Maryland and D.C., allow a no-fault divorce in which the spouses are required only to prove that you have been living apart for a period of time, even if one party does not want a divorce. People can also obtain a divorce when a spouse has done something wrong, such as committing adultery, desert a spouse, or abusing or treating a spouse cruelly.
The main issues decided in divorce cases are alimony, property division, child custody, visitation, and child support. In many situations, people will agree on these issues and an attorney can help them draft a Voluntary Settlement and Property Agreement. In these cases, people can usually obtain a divorce quickly. In contested cases, these issues are often emotionally charged and highly contentious. The advice of a good attorney can help you win a favorable outcome.
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