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Whether someone is considering divorce or has already completed the process, it's natural for them to have questions about what their state's divorce laws mean to them. Being aware of how the law applies to their situation helps people make important decisions more confidently.

It's worth emphasizing that every person's situation is unique, and divorce laws can vary widely between states and jurisdictions. For that reason, many people find that the most direct route to getting answers is to speak to a lawyer. Connect with a divorce attorney by filling out the following case review form, and arrange your initial consultation with an attorney near you.

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Legal Issues To Consider During Divorce

There are a host of legal issues to consider in any divorce. Many of them are nearly universal, applying to the vast majority of marriages. For instance, most people considering divorce need to understand the divorce laws regarding:

  • Eligibility requirements, or requirements you must meet before filing divorce. Some of these include laws regarding grounds for divorce, residency requirements, and waiting periods.
  • Property and financial issues – any laws regarding the treatment of assets in divorce. Examples of these include laws regarding property division and alimony.

There are also other divorce laws which may not apply in all situations – however, depending on your specific situation, you may wish to look into some of these laws:

  • There are numerous laws in every state relating to children in divorce. Issues such as child custody, child support, and parenting plan requirements are often relevant if you have children.
  • Your state may offer alternatives to divorce litigation, such as separation, annulment, and alternative dispute resolution (ADR). ADR provides a less formal--and often less contentious--means of resolving the issues in a divorce case.

These are only a few examples of the divorce laws that may impact any given divorce case. For that reason, many people opt to take stock of the important questions they'll have to answer over the course of the divorce process.

Differences in State Divorce Laws

Differences in law between states can significantly impact the outcome of a divorce case. For instance, property division laws in states typically fall into two categories: equitable distribution states, and community property states. Two couples divorcing under similar circumstances in different states might see very different outcomes with regard to property division depending on which of these systems the state employes.

If you're considering filing for divorce, you may want to speak to somebody who may be able to answer your divorce law questions. Connect with a local divorce lawyer by calling 877-349-1310 or filling out the following form.

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