Divorce is a part of life in this country. A divorce may be necessary to clear away a problem that blocks you from leading a better life. The biggest divorce I know of was when our country divorced itself from England in 1776. Divorce is not pleasant. Some divorces are more unpleasant than others.
This booklet describes many things; some will apply in your case and some will not. However, knowing those that apply to your case will help you avoid some problems and better deal with others. It does not and cannot cover all of the issues, laws, or rules involved.
This booklet summarizes the law, as I understood it, when I last re-wrote this booklet (May 2014). The law is always subject to amendment by the legislature, reinterpretation by the courts, different application by different judges, and factual variation from case to case. If you need a lawyer outside my area, ask me or call before acting on what you have read, talk to a lawyer in your area–that is why they are there.
This information is not a substitute for a lawyer.
Do not try to use this information as a do-it-yourself divorce guide.
The information it contains may not be appropriate
for your particular situation.
If you attempt to use this information instead of hiring a lawyer,
you are setting yourself up for a
potential disaster of epic proportions.