Divorce, Legal Separation & Annulment - Ending Marriage

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How to End Marriage- Divorce, Separation, Annulment Divorce Ending Marriage

Looking for an easier way to deal with filing for divorce, legal separation, or annulment? Divorce, separation, and annulment are emotionally charged issues and unpleasant for anyone going through them. When the parties can agree on important issues like child support, child custody, property division, and alimony, there are ways to reduce the anguish of these proceedings. State-specific no fault divorce packages offered by US Legal Forms are professionally designed with the forms you need to file for divorce. You can easily completing the forms from the convenience of your own computer, following step-by-step instructions. We also have a vast selection of top quality individual divorce, legal separation, and annulment forms. Online forms to change a deed or change a will are available for every state and to fit all circumstances. The following overview describes the basics of how to dissolve a marriage:

Annulment - Annulment is sought to claim the marriage was never valid. A court annulment is different form a Catholic church annulment, and voids the marriage under the eyes of the law. To annul a marriage, you must have grounds such as fraud, bigamy, temporary insanity, or intoxication at the time of marriage. Misrepresentations that can support annulment of a marriage must be serious, such as misrepresenting one's health, child-bearing ability, impotency, citizenship, financial status, etc., which give rise to undue influence, duress, or coercion.

Legal Separation - A legal separation doesn't dissolve a marriage, but creates an agreement between the spouses for how to handle paying bills, child support, child custody, and property division that can be enforced in court. A legal separation agreement can often be incorporated into a final divorce decree if the spouses later decide to file for divorce.

Divorce - Filing for divorce intends to legally end a marriage. When spouses file for uncontested divorce, they can prepare a property settlement agreement that divides marital assets and prepare a parenting plan to agree on child support, whether to have joint custody or sole custody, and visitation. Even when you file for no fault divorce, mediation can be used. The mediator may help assist the couple in coming to agreement on sticking points. Filing for uncontested divorce is the quickest and least complicated way to get a divorce.

After dissolution of marriage - There are often certain legal steps to be taken after the marriage is dissolved. You will want to change a will in many cases, so that assets left to the divorced spouse in the old will can go to a new beneficiary. You cannot assume the law will automatically disinherit an ex-spouse. Often, you will need to change a deed on joint property. This is accomplished by preparing a new deed transferring the property from both spouses as grantors to one spouse as grantee. Even if the divorce decree makes one spouse responsible for mortgage payments, both spouses may still own the property, since liability for a mortgage loan is separate from ownership on the deed.