Can a spouse file for divorce for just about any reason? In legal terms, the reasons for divorce are called grounds. What grounds are allowed, and are they the same for both spouses?
What the Law Says About Reasons for Divorce
Spouses can get divorced, but for only one of three reasons:
The spouses have been living apart for at least a year.
One spouse committed adultery (cheated).
Getting a court trial date for a divorce can take months or even years. But some important questions really can't wait until then.
Issues That Can't Wait Until the Divorce Trial
Here are some examples of decisions that might have to be made while you wait for the divorce trial:
custody and access (visiting) rights
child support payments
spousal support payments, including bills and debts like...
How do I decide if I should see a lawyer or a notary?
Since lawyers and notaries are both legal professionals, many people may ask themselves if there are rules for when they should see a lawyer and for when they should see a notary. In fact, the law specifically mentions the situations in which it is required to use the services of a lawyer or a notary. (See the questions "When must I see a...
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