Divorce Basics

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A divorce is the legal ending of a marriage. Every state has different requirements in terms of how to complete a divorce, but all require a judge to review and approve the divorce settlement or, if the spouses can't agree to a settlement, decide how property will be divided and how parenting time will be shared. Until you have a court order signed by a judge, you're not officially divorced and you can't remarry. The rules that are different in each state include how long you must live in the state before you can file for divorce, how long you must wait before your divorce can be completed after you file it, and how the state treats child support and alimony. To learn the basics of divorce in your state, click on your state's link below.

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