The process of divorce differs from state to state; it is however defined as the ending of a valid marriage. A valid marriage is what the state recognizes as the voluntary agreement between two adults to consist together under a marriage agreement, a legal entity that has a lot of influence in many legal matters between you and your spouse.
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There are some situations that would lead to an annulment of a marriage relationship, which is not equal to a divorce. This is where the marriage is declared as void, attributed to facts like bigamy.
What Would Make Your Divorce proceedings Easy?
What determines whether theproceedings will be easy is contested or uncontested in the following light:
1. Where your spouse does not want a divorce
2. Where your spouse does not agree with you on the grounds for the divorce
3. Where your spouse disagrees with you on the nature of your shared property
4. Where your spouse does not agree with you concerning the custody of your children
5. Where there is a disagreement on the finances
Where does one start?
Since the main objective of any society is to establish coexistence, a divorce would speak contrary to the social fabric, so when you and your spouse have to establish legally acceptable reasons for dissolution of the marriage relationship. In some states, it begins with a legal separation which allows you to live apart from your spouse.
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What You Need to Know About Split Custody
In the recent past more and more couples are coming up withas part of their divorce agreement. While many people who are divorcing would prefer a full custody arrangement where they would be allowed to keep the children while the other spouse is allowed a regular visitation and is required to pay child support, more divorce courts are now strongly recommending that a split custody arrangement be made instead, for the wellbeing of the children.
Split custody, also known as rotating or divided custody refers to an arrangement where a couple with more than one child divides the children among themselves. The children can then permanently stay with one parent or be rotated between them, spending equal amounts of time with each parent. The parents most of the times in such an arrangement still share legal custody (the right to make decisions concerning the children) of all the children and have physical custody of at least one child.
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Most states allow for such an arrangement and they are recommended by a number of experts as they are better for the child than having one parent disappear completely out of their life. The courts usually look at what will be in the best interests of the child while coming up with a custody arrangement for the parents. The amount of money to be contributed towards the support of the children is calculated taking into consideration the amount of income made by each. All this is regulated by state laws on custody.
Parents are usually allowed to come up with their own parenting schedule that determines how often and when each parent will have access to each child. Experts advise that very young children should not be kept away from either parent for too long a time and that is why in young children split week arrangements are common. For older children who are getting busier in school, arrangements where the child stays with one parent for up to 2 weeks are permissible.