Divorce Fill in the Blanks

A number of jurisdictions offer summary or simplified divorces, which are ideal for couples who have been married a short time and are in agreement about everything about the divorce.

These actions streamline a divorce because they an uncontested and in many cases the couple file jointly and don’t even need to appear in court.

Many states offer simplified routines for uncontested divorce and a few offer summary procedures. While the fine print of the summary routines varies from jurisdiction to jurisdiction, basically the requirements are same. For a summary divorce, the couple

– usually cannot be married more than five years (although some jurisdictions allow for longer marriages);

– agree to waive any right to spousal support (any appeal of the dissolution);

– must be childless (although they may have children from previous marriages);

– may not own real property, separately or jointly;

– have neither significant assets (usually less than $25,000), nor significant debts (usually less than $15,000).

In a summary action, the spouses agree how they will divide what they own and what they owe, file the divorce forms in the local court, wait a few months and then request the final divorce decree from the court.

No simpler avenue to a divorce exists than a joint petition for uncontested divorce based on irretrievable breakdown. The divorcing spouses dissolve the marriage in a no-fault action. The joint petition requests court approval of an uncontested separation agreement.

In divorce, it does not get any simpler.

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