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The legal process for divorce may also involve issues of spousal support, child custody, child support, distribution of property and division of debt, though these matters are usually only ancillary or consequential to the dissolution of the marriage.
In all but one state, and even in that state in most cases, a divorce must be certified by a court of law to become effective.
Like marriage, divorce in the United States is under the jurisdiction of state governments, not the federal government.
Divorce or "dissolution of marriage" is a legal process in which a judge or other authority dissolves the bonds of matrimony existing between two persons, thus restoring them to the status of being single and permitting them to marry other individuals.
Some states mandate a separation period before no-fault divorce.
Mississippi, South Dakota and Tennessee are the only states that require mutual consent for no-fault divorce.
In the United States, the Federal Government does not have the authority to issue a divorce.
The state has the only authority over issuing accepting a marriage, and issuing a divorce.
Prior to the latter decades of the 20th century, a spouse seeking divorce in most states had to show a "fault" such as abandonment, cruelty, incurable mental illness, or adultery. In populous New York State, where adultery was the easiest grounds for divorce, attorneys would provide a package consisting of a prostitute and a photographer, with whose product divorce could be obtained. In 1975, 71.4% of the cases were filed by women, and in 1988, 65% were filed by women.No-fault grounds for divorce include incompatibility, irreconcilable differences, and irremediable breakdown of the marriage.Fault divorces used to be the only way to break a marriage, and people who had differences, but did not qualify as "at fault", only had the option to separate (and were prevented from legally remarrying).Without proper jurisdiction a state cannot issue a divorce.States vary in their rules for division of assets in a divorce.