I have been married for 9 years but lived with wife for "only 7 months in total". 4.5 years ago, my wife filed Domestic Violence charges against me and since then we have been living separately with no contact. We also have a 7 yr child from the marriage whose full legal-physical custody was awarded to my wife during the Domestic Violence case and I have not seen my child since then, though I have been regularly paying the child support. I am now looking to get married again. So my question is - given that we have been living separately for last 4.5 years with no contact, does it mean we are automatically divorced or I need to explicitly file for divorce?
Divorce is the process of formally ending a marriage. Divorces may be jointly agreed upon, resolved by negotiation, or decided in court.