Before Divorce

You are beginning to consider or are contemplating divorce, or you want to learn more about what is involved, what the laws are in your state, how much it costs, how it will affect your family, whether or not you need one, or how to get started.

Divorce 101

How to Divorce
Going through a divorce is never a pleasant experience, but if you have a clear understanding of the procedure, it can be a new beginning for everyone involved.

Fast Facts: Divorce Coaching
A divorce coach can help you with the mental and emotional issues that accompany divorce litigation.

Fast Facts:  Marital Settlement Agreement

The Marital Agreement should cover child custody, visitation, handling debt, paying mortgages, and spousal support.

Fast Facts: Separation Agreements
A contract between a husband and wife stating that they have agreed to separate in contemplation of divorce is a Separation Agreement.

Fast Facts: Abandonment
Abandonment is one of the rare instances where you can be granted a divorce without the consent of your spouse.

  Fast Facts: Dissolution of Marriage
Dissolution of Marriage and Divorce are often used interchangeably but this is not true in all states.

Fast Facts: Annulments
A civil annulment is when the court declares a marriage to be not valid.

Fast Facts:  Prenuptial Agreements
A prenuptial agreement or pre-nup is a contract made between a husband and wife before they get married.

Fast Facts: About Palimony
Though not a legal term, it is used to refer to a divorce-like settlement between two unmarried parties who have been living together.

Fast Facts: Grandparents’ Rights
Grandparents have rights in all states to be granted visitation or even custody of their grandchildren.

Fast Facts: Alimony
Alimony is money that is traditionally paid to the lower income spouse to help out with their cost of living.




It used to be called “alimony” and it was the subject of arguments, headlines and comedians’ jokes. It was almost always paid by the beleaguered ex-husband to the vindictive ex-wife and led to pitched battles that might last for years…. [Read More]

Alimony laws differ from state to state and many factors can affect the process. Judges have the most authority as to when alimony is granted and when it is not. Most state laws require judges to consider circumstances such as standard of living… [Read More]

Getting divorced can be one of the toughest life-changing events anyone can experience. Everyone knows it can be emotionally and financially problematic, but fewer recognize that divorce can make existing health problems flare up, and it can also… [Read More]

An article in the New York Post recently reported that supermodel Linda Evangelista is asking the New York Court system to award her what the support magistrate in charge of the case is calling the largest cash demand for a child support order in… [Read More]

The freedom to criticize your ex-spouse in public may not be quite as free as the First Amendment might appear to guarantee when it comes to doing it online. At least that’s what Anthony Morelli of Doylestown, Pennsylvania recently experienced… [Read More]

Perhaps it is a side effect of celebrity divorces that causes the condition where ex-spouses can live in complete denial of reality and instead inhabit a world where they are absolved of any responsibilities other than to continue being perfectly… [Read More]

The end of lifetime alimony awards moved one step closer to becoming law when Massachusetts lawmakers in the state House of Representatives recently approved a bill intended to reform the alimony system in that state. The lawmakers voted to approve… [Read More]

Some cheating husbands might regret having caused their own divorces, while others like Jesse James, the “Monster Garage” TV show star who became the focus of nationwide scorn last year for cheating on his movie star wife Sandra Bullock,… [Read More]


Virginia does not have a specific “legal separation” which has to be…

You can ask the court to throw out the first divorce action and start another if you…

Yes. Missouri allows couples to get divorced without a specific “fault” on…

Since you reside in Kentucky, a no-fault divorce state, all that is required as…

None. A legal marriage is never annulled no matter how brief the length. Annulments…

Without knowing the details of your assets and debts, it would seem you are likely to…

New York State does not allow no-fault divorces or irreconcilability as grounds for…

When you file for divorce, you must state the grounds upon which the divorce is being…

Your question is rather vague. If you meant “how do you get started with a…

Washington law establishes a rebuttal presumption of paternity in favor of your…

Edit this page