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Divorce, also known as dissolution of marriage, is the process of terminating a marriage or marital union. Divorce usually entails the canceling or reorganizing of the legal duties and responsibilities of marriage, thus dissolving the bonds of matrimony between a married couple under the rule of law of the particular country or state. Divorce laws vary considerably around the world, but in most countries, divorce requires the sanction of a court or other authority in a legal process, which may involve issues of distribution of property, child custody, alimony (spousal support), child visitation/access, parenting time, child support, and division of debt. In most countries, monogamy is required by law, so divorce allows each former partner to marry another person.
When those that are in a common-law relationship break up, it is referred to as separation, instead of a divorce.Divorce is different from annulment, which declares the marriage null and void, with legal separation or de jure separation (a legal process by which a married couple may formalize a de facto separation while remaining legally married) or with de facto separation (a process where the spouses informally stop cohabiting). Reasons for divorce vary, from sexual incompatibility or lack of independence for one or both spouses to a personality clash.The only countries that do not allow divorce are the Philippines, the Vatican City and the British Crown Dependency of Sark. In the Philippines, divorce for non-Muslim Filipinos is not legal unless the husband or wife is an alien and satisfies certain conditions. The Vatican City is an ecclesiastical state, which has no procedure for divorce. Countries that have relatively recently legalized divorce are Italy (1970), Portugal (1975, although from 1910 to 1940 was possible both for the civil and religious marriage), Brazil (1977), Spain (1981), Argentina (1987), Paraguay (1991), Colombia (1991; from 1976 was allowed only for non-Catholics), Andorra (1995), Ireland (1996), Chile (2004) and Malta (2011).

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    VIC Online Divorce application serving overseas

    Background : Married for less than 2 years. No Children No shared assets I have been separated 1 year 1 month : 11 months in separate countries and initial 2 months under same roof. There is no connection for past 11 months. What i understand is I file sole application online Documents needed...
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    QLD Joint bank account after the divorce

    I have been divorced two months ago and before separation, that is three years ago, my ex and I have opened a joint bank account in which now only my savings are there. After separation, he requested me to sign the withdrawal form as he needs money and taken off his savings out. Now, even when I...
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    WA Divorce

    Its been almost 3yrs i have been separated, i have finally applied for a divorce which gets read out in court in July so hopefully 1mth from hearing i will be divorced. My question to anyone, once i am divorced is my ex entitled to any assets accumulated after divorce date? The only asset we...
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    QLD Divorce without mediation

    I know this is a simple question but can you get the divorce and do family mediation after or do you need to do mediation first? We pretty much agree on the care of the kids so is mediation necessary?
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    VIC Divorce needs to be finalised, separation of assets is already complete

    Hello All, The ex-wife and I completed the separation of our assets approx 4-5 years ago which was signed off on by the court. Now I want to complete the actual divorce paperwork. I know I can buy a do it yourself kit however I have a child who is 17 and therefore I believe I will need to go...
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    VIC Filing a response to an application of divorce

    I have received an application of divorce from my former partner. I would like to respond without the use of my lawyers to not incur any more legal expenses. The documentation is straight forward though there are typos/ errors on the document (birth dates for example) which I have brought forth...
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    VIC Divorce and Separation

    Hello, I am a temporary resident of Australia and have been since October 2019. I arrived in Australia with my dependent wife. But some days after arriving, she left to live somewhere else than my own place. After that, we have had minimal contact only and I have lived alone till now. It has...
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    Messy separation and divorce

    Good afternoon, I'm hoping to get some guidance. My brother in law has been living in my father in law's house for the last 14 years. My father in law has never lived in the house and has instead lived with his other son's family (my husband and our family). My brother in law's wife has now...
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    QLD Divorce my husband, left country to avoid federal police case

    Hi we were together 25 years, married 2001, separated 2012, domestic violence case, he chased me around Australia, catching up with me twice while on DVO FROM Darwin NT, got me to sign sale house, got me to try get charges of assault dropped. I got away from him again and my daughter reported...
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    TAS Protect sold after divorce.

    Hello, My question is what time after a divorce are you allowed to question sales of a car and a boat at double the price that was given to us at time of divorce, with no extra value done to the property involved? Thank you.