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State Divorce Laws
The following pages contain a summary of the divorce laws of all states and the District of Columbia. It has been compiled directly from the most recently available statute books and updates for each state. Every effort has been made to assure that the information contained in these pages is accurate and complete. However, divorce laws are subject to constant change. Therefore, those legal points which are particularly important in your situation should be checked directly in the appropriate divorce law book or with a lawyer to be certain that the law has not changed.
The correct terminology for each state is used in these pages. However, some states use certain language interchangeably. In those states, the most commonly-used language is stated. Although it has been simplified to some extent, you will find that the language in these pages is somewhat complicated. This is due to the fact that much of the language in the pages has been taken directly from the divorce laws and statutes of each state. We apologize for this. We feel, however, that, as a reference, the technical details of the laws should be provided.
The following pages will provide you with the state divorce laws addressing the following issues, but not limited to; Residency Requirements, Grounds for Divorce or Dissolution of Marriage, Legal Separation, Property Division, Child Custody, Child Support, Visitation, and Spousal Support or Alimony.
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MANDATORY FACTORS -- Each state sets forth mandatory factors a judge must consider in making an equitable distribution, including (in most states) 1) the length of marriage, 2) the age, health, occupation of the parties, 3) station in life and lifestyle of the spouses, 4) liabilities and needs, 5) tangible and intangible contributions of the parties to the marriage, 6) assets and liabilities, sources and amounts of income, 7) behavior of the parties during the marriage, and 8) vocational skills and employability.
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The information contained on this page is not to be considered legal advice. A local counsel or professional should always be consulted in regards to any legal matters.