Getting a divorce is often a mess of emotional and legal trouble, and researching divorce laws can be overwhelming. There are many individual factors to consider per each state, and it can be a lot of information to take in all at once. Sometimes laws are similar enough that you don’t need to worry about it, and sometimes the requirements may be far stricter than you could have imagined. Here is a list of the types of laws that vary from state-to-state; to help break down what information you should concentrate on researching first.
- Where to File for Divorce and Residency Requirements
- Grounds for Divorce – No-fault divorce, for example, is available in all fifty states. Proof of requirement for a fault divorce, however, may vary.
- Waiting Periods – Some divorce petitions must be on file longer than others before the divorce can be finalized. Nevada, for example, has a one-year waiting period.
- Legal Separation – some states require you to file for legal separation, others do not
- Property Distribution
- Alimony and Spousal Support
- Child Custody and Child Support
Though the research can seem daunting and the information confusing, having some knowledge of what you can and can’t do during the divorce will help you develop a strategy and gain some control over your situation.