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Divorce, Dissolution and Legal Separation

When a marriage comes to an end there are three ways to terminate the marriage. The first is a legal separation. The couple is still legally married but they have a formal written agreement regarding how they are to or have separated their belongings and care for their children and they follow that agreement. The second is dissolution.  After the creation of a Separation Agreement the couple then files documentation asking the court to terminate their marriage according to the terms of their Separation Agreement. The third option is divorce.  A divorce is the result of one or both of the parties to the marriage filing documentation with the court asking it to terminate their marriage. There is usually a trial and then the court determines the terms of the marriage termination and issues an order to that effect if the parties cannot agree to terms on their own.