The funny thing is that marriage, which is always a union that is built on love, commitment, and shared dreams, can sometimes find itself at the very crossroads of dissolution.
It’s always a painful experience for couples, as they confront the profound challenge of ending a marriage that they had hoped would last forever.
The journey of marriage dissolution is also always filled with emotional rollercoasters, and it’s also loaded with uncertainties and complexities leaving people feeling lost amid the stormy seas of separation.
In this blog post, I will guide you through the difficult process of marriage dissolution.
My reasons for doing this are simply to arm you with resources, insights, and practical advice that will help navigate this uncharted territory, as well as empower you to make informed decisions and find solace during this transformative time.
I understand that the decision to dissolve a marriage is never an easy one. It can be accompanied by a range of emotions, such as grief, anger, confusion, and even relief.
Amidst these emotions, you must approach the process with compassion and clarity, both for yourself and for your former partner.
Throughout this blog series, we will address various aspects of marriage dissolution, including the legal, emotional, and practical considerations that come into play.
The good news is that after reading this post, you will understand the legal requirements of marriage dissolution, understand all the alternative dispute resolution methods, and learn how to cope with the emotional aftermath.
And you will discover effective ways to Co-Parent.
We will delve into the complicatedness of this complex journey. I know that by shedding more light on the path ahead, we can ease some of the burdens and anxieties associated with marriage dissolution.
But, always have in mind that you are not alone in this process. Many couples have crossed a similar road before you, and we are here to provide guidance, support, and encouragement as you navigate the challenges ahead.
If this is what you want to learn, then let’s dive in.
What Is A Marriage Dissolution?
Dissolution of marriage can be described as a process whereby a marriage is legally dissolved. This involves the formal dissolution of marital bonds, as well as granting the couple involved the legal recognition that they are no longer married to each other.
Marriage dissolution begins when one or both parties decide to file for a divorce. A dissolution of marriage puts a complete end to your legal relationship as a spouse and also ends your marriage.
Unlike divorce, marriage dissolution is generally a no-fault process, which implies that none of the parties is held responsible for the termination of the marriage.
Dissolution of marriage can be done in two ways including divorce or annulment.
Divorce:- is the most common type of marriage dissolution, and it is the legally known way to end a marriage.
Marriage Annulment:- This is another way of dissolving a marriage, and it is very hard to pursue than divorce. The reason is that there are some stipulated requirements before it is finally granted.
Marriage Dissolution Process:
The process of dissolving a marriage may not be the same everywhere. It may slightly be different because of the laws of the place of your residence, however, below are the steps involved in every divorce.
1. Filing A Petition:-
This is undoubtedly the first step every couple must take if they are serious about dissolving their marriage. A marriage dissolution petition is a court document that is used to initiate divorce proceedings.
The petition helps one of the partners to legally inform the other of his/her intentions to be separated from the other. It also helps to notify the court of the potential issues which might help during the divorce proceedings.
The dissolution process begins when one spouse, referred to as the petitioner, files a petition with the appropriate court, formally initiating the dissolution process.
The petitioner must state the grounds for the dissolution. We will discuss the grounds for divorce in more detail later.
2. Responding To The Petition:-
After the petitioner has sent the petition to the other partner who is the respondent, the petitioner will then wait to get a reply from the respondent in due time.
The respondent will then fill out a form known as a response form. This response must be done to meet the deadline given by the court for a response, which is usually 30 days.