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Types of Divorce: Limited and Absolute

Often, the terms “limited” and “absolute” are used when it comes to divorce. Knowing the differences between the two may help in understanding the process better. A limited divorce isn’t a divorce; it’s a legal separation. It’s a tool used by the court to legalize separation and provide financial support. The property owned by both spouses remains the property of both. Think of a limited divorce as a way to settle differences before the actual divorce decree. An absolute divorce is a dissolution of the actual marriage. Spouses are no longer legally married and free to enter relationships with others. Issues, such as child and spousal support, custody agreements and property issues are determined in an absolute divorce. However, the elements of the grounds for divorce must be proven before an absolute divorce is awarded. A limited divorce can be used when there are no grounds for an absolute divorce. Grounds for an absolute divorce include adultery, insanity, cruel treatment, and conviction of a felony with a minimum of a one-year sentence.

Determining whether a limited divorce or absolute divorce is best for you can be difficult. The attorneys at JM Blattner, LLC can help you determine which is best for you, as each divorce is complicated and unique.

Alternative Resolution Methods for Divorce

Most divorces are emotionally charged, and it’s not uncommon for disputes to arise regarding asset distribution, child custody and child visitation. However, there are alternative resolution strategies that can assist with achieving an agreement between spouses. Mediation is a series of meetings led by a neutral third party who facilitates and leads discussions on the issues and possible remedies. It’s a less contentious, costly and time consuming alternative when compared to battling the issues out in family court. It can take place in a limited and absolute divorce. Plus, it gives divorcing couples more control over the outcome. In a collaborative divorce, the divorcing parties and opposing attorneys work cooperatively together to achieve an agreed settlement. The attorneys at JM Blattner, LLC can assist with mediation and a collaborative divorce. And if these alternative resolution methods are unsuccessful, they can represent you in court before the family judge.

If you’re considering divorce, let JM Blattner, LLC act as your legal representative. They are committed to acting in your best interests.