What is a divorce form

A divorce form is also called a ‘dissolution of marriage’ form whereby either spouse applies for a divorce on various grounds. A divorce form may have many aspects depending on the reason for the break up; in some cases, both parties may agree for a mutual separation and plead that the marriage is ‘irretrievably broken’ or that there are ‘irreconcilable differences.’ However, sometimes there can be fault-based divorce where one party may be guilty of adultery, domestic abuse, abandonment and so on, where the matter may be taken to court for a case. Usually in these cases there is conflict as there can be issues like who will get the child’s custody or whether any alimony be paid or not.

A general divorce form must include all these details:

  • Names and contact details: The name, address, phone number and any other contact details of both the spouses must be given in detail.
  • Date of marriage: The date and place of the wedding with the complete address must be mentioned in the form.
  • Reason for divorce: The applicants must briefly describe reasons for the dissolution of the marriage.
  • Children: It is very important to mention if the couple has any children. Most divorce cases become complicated because there is a tussle between the mother and the father regarding the custody of the child.
  • Alimony: The spouse who is well-off is often asked to pay alimony in case there is a child involved.
  • Settlement: Some couples create a pre-nuptial agreement before the wedding which helps to organise their finances and lays down who is entitled to get what in case there is a divorce. Even if there is no pre-nup agreement, while filing for a divorce the couple need to give details of marital settlement where they say how the property, assets and bills will be divided.

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