In simple terms, a divorce is a legal end to a marriage. Marriage is a legal contract and technically a person, or both parties, requesting such a legal decree of dissolution are “suing for”, or “petitioning for” divorce. It’s a good idea to have an attorney help you through this legal action.
Each state has authority, or jurisdiction, over divorces within their borders. This means that if someone got married in Nevada, but now lives in Tennessee, the new state of residence has slightly different divorce requirements or conditions that a person must be aware of. A lawyer specializing in divorce is going to know these rules more than the client, and may even present the idea that an annulment or legal separation is more in the client’s interest.
Divorces can be “no-fault” and “fault”; and there are “contested” and “un-contested” divorces. Again, the laws of the state impact possible outcomes of divorce. So it is important to speak your attorney and determine your needs.
Property and asset distribution are often the most obvious focus of a break-up. However, other areas of concern in a divorce can be child custody, visitation, spousal support, child support, and name changes. Divorce attorneys are accustomed to dealing with these issues, and it is a good idea to make sure you are working with someone who is focused on what you care about most.