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Divorce FAQs

Have questions concerning divorce and the process associated with divorce? Read FAQs below.

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What are Grounds for Divorce?

“Grounds” are the legal reasons for wanting a divorce.

Each state has statutory law which defines the circumstances that are grounds for divorce.

They can include the following reasons:

  • been separated for a certain length of time (varies by state – 30 days to up to 2 years)
  • irreconcilable differences
  • cheating / adultery that is emotional or sexual
  • physical or emotional abuse
  • cruel of inhumane treatment
  • insanity (typically has to be proven by mental health professional)
  • alcohol or drug addiction
  • gross neglect
  • attempted murder of a spouse
  • abandonment
  • married under a fraudulent contract
  • woman becomes pregnant by another man
  • impotency or refusal of sex
  • spouse becomes infected with a sexually transmitted disease
  • imprisonment of a spouse

When the facts of a particular case meet the criteria for ending a marriage under a state’s divorce laws, the person seeking the divorce is said to have grounds for a divorce action.
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What is Child Custody?

Child custody is a legal term used to describe the relationship between a parent and his or her child, such as the right of the parent to make decisions for the child, and the parent’s duty to care for the child.

The child will live for the most part with the custodial parent and visit with the non-custodial parent.

Child custody laws throughout the United States seek to provide some sense of order to the disruption of divorce and separation in an effort to provide stability to the child involved.

How is Child Custody Decided?

Courts will decide child custody based on the best interests of the child.

Each state has laws that govern child custody and each state lists several factors that the court will consider in deciding which custody arrangement will be in the best interest of the child.

These factors can include:

  • your job and income, your ex’s job and income
  • the child’s housing and living needs
  • the child’s medical needs
  • the child’s educational needs

Ask a local lawyer how your specific child support may be calculated in your state.

What is Child Support?

Child support is designed to stabilize the standard of living for a child after a divorce.

The goal of state child support guidelines and the court system is to ensure that the child’s standard of living is maintained as though a divorce had never occurred.

Courts are very concerned with providing for the economic support of a child after a divorce.

Child support provides the mechanism to meet this important need.

What is Included in Child Support?

Child support covers all the economic needs of a child. Laws vary depending on what state you live in. Some necessities include:

      • Food
      • Clothing
      • Shelter
      • Education
      • Medical Care
      • Other day-to-day expenses

What is a Property Settlement?

A property settlement is an agreement between the divorcing parties concerning the division and distribution of the property the couple obtained during the marriage.

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