Feb. 6, 2016

Family Law


Summary Dissolution: A summary dissolution is a simplified way to get divorced. A summary dissolution is possible if you and your spouse:

  • Have no children together;
  • Have been married or been a registered domestic partner less than 5 years;
  • Don’t own or have an interest in any real estate;
  • Don’t owe more than $4,000 in debts; and
  • Have no disagreements about how your belongings and debts are going to be divided up once you are no longer married to each other.

Dissolution of Marriage (Divorce): A dissolution of marriage, which is more commonly known as divorce, terminates the marriage of the spouses and resolves issues between them, including child custody, visitation, child support, spousal support, division of assets and debts, restoration of former name, and possibly restraining orders.

Dissolution of Domestic Partnership: Domestic partners are "two adults who have chosen to share one another's lives in an intimate and committed relationship of mutual caring." Persons of opposite sexes may not constitute a domestic partnership unless one or both of the persons are over the age of 62.

Legal Separation: A legal separation case is similar to a dissolution of marriage or dissolution of a domestic partnership in terms of the range of issues that are resolved in the case, except that the parties remain married or registered to each other.

Nullity: A nullity case is more commonly known as an annulment of marriage or a domestic partnership.

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