What is divorce?

  • (verb): Get a divorce; formally terminate a marriage.
    Synonyms: split up
    See also — Additional definitions below


Divorce (or the dissolution of marriage) is the final termination of a marital union, canceling the legal duties and responsibilities of marriage and dissolving the bonds of matrimony between the parties (unlike annulment, which declares the marriage null and void). Divorce laws vary considerably around the world, but in most countries it requires the sanction of a court or other authority in a legal process. The legal process of divorce may also involve issues of alimony (spousal support), child custody, child support, distribution of property, and division of debt. In most countries monogamy is required by law, so divorce allows each former partner to marry another; where polygyny is legal but polyandry is not, divorce allows the woman to marry a new husband.

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Some articles on divorce:

Divorce Law Around The World
... This article is a general overview of divorce laws around the world ... Every nation in the world has divorce laws except the Philippines (though Muslims have the right to divorce) and the Vatican City, an ecclesiastical sovereign city-state, which ...
Meriam Al Khalifa - Background - Divorce From Jason Johnson
... The couple filed for divorce on November 17, 2004 (one day after their fifth wedding anniversary) in Las Vegas, Nevada, citing "incompatible in marriage" as the reason ... She had been pressing him for divorce for some time – reportedly, the couple had been considering divorce in 2001 ...
Gett - Refusal To Provide A get
... The laws of gittin only provide for a divorce initiated by the husband ... However, the wife has the right to sue for divorce in a rabbinical court ... The court, if finding just cause, will require the husband to divorce his wife ...
Gender and Divorce
... Review, women currently file slightly more than two-thirds of divorce cases in the United States ... and over 70% by women in some states just after no-fault divorce was introduced, according to the paper ... that among college-educated couples, the percentages of divorces initiated by women is approximately 90% ...
Divorce Law Around The World - South Africa
... The law of divorce in South Africa is codified in the Divorce Act, 1979 ... The law provides for no-fault divorce based on the irretrievable breakdown of the marital relationship ... A divorce may also be obtained on the grounds of incurable mental illness for two years, or continuous unconsciousness for six months ...

More definitions of "divorce":

  • (noun): The legal dissolution of a marriage.
    Synonyms: divorcement

Famous quotes containing the word divorce:

    This habit of free speaking at ladies’ lunches has impaired society; it has doubtless led to many of the tragedies of divorce and marital unhappiness. Could society be deaf and dumb and Congress abolished for a season, what a happy and peaceful life one could lead!
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