ALTERNATIVES TO DIVORCE
Listed below are a few alternatives to the divorce process.
Summary dissolutionThis is a type of divorce proceeding. However, it is a simplified divorce process, so easy it can be filed by a non-attorney. Although the divorce process is simple, few people qualify. To qualify for this type of divorce proceeding, both parties must agree to sign the divorce papers, each spouse must have a limited number of assets and debts, neither party can own real property, there can be no children of the marriage, the date of marriage must be within five years of the filing for a divorce, and neither party is requesting spousal support. This type of divorce can usually be filed on line, through the local family law courthouse.
Annulmentthis act cancels out away the marriage, and, in the eyes of the law, the parties were never legally married. There is no waiting period, but a trial is required in family court. A party cannot qualify for an annulment simply because they were not married very long or the marriage was not consummated. In order to qualify for an annulment, the parties must meet very specific requirements.