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Divorce is a legal process that ends a couple's marriage. Laws differ from state to state regarding (1) grounds (reason) for divorce, (2) residency requirements, (3) the division of community (or joint) property. In all states, the spouse that files for the divorce must give a legal reason for the request. Depending on the state, a divorce can be (1) no-fault, which means there are no accusations against the spouse and the grounds are irreconcilable differences or a variation of that reason; (2) fault, with grounds such as cruelty, desertion, and adultery. If you are involved in or want to divorce, particularly a fault divorce, which can have significant impact, you should see a divorce attorney.

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