In contrast, in some countries (such as Sweden, divorce is purely no fault.
Many jurisdictions offer both the option of a no fault divorce as well as an at fault divorce.
However, even in some jurisdictions that do not require a party to claim fault of their partner, a court may still take into account the behavior of the parties when dividing property, debts, evaluating custody, shared care arrangements and support.
Divorce laws vary considerably around the world, but in most countries divorce requires the sanction of a court or other authority in a legal process, which may involve issues of alimony (spousal support), child custody, child visitation / access, parenting time, child support, distribution of property, and division of debt.
In most countries, monogamy is required by law, so divorce allows each former partner to marry another person; where polygyny is legal but polyandry is not, divorce allows the woman to marry a new husband.
If you’re in the middle of your divorce you probably feel like you’re chasing paper.
You may have legal papers and bills spread out on your living room table.
In the 21st century, many European countries have made changes to their divorce laws, in particular by reducing the length of the necessary periods of separation, e.g., Scotland in 2006 (1 or 2 years from the previous 2 or 5 years); France in 2005 (2 years from the previous 6 years), Bulgaria also modified its divorce regulations in 2009.
Also in Italy, new laws came into force in 20 with significant changes in Italian law in matter of divorce: apart from shortening of the period of obligatory separation, are allowed other forms of getting a divorce – as an alternative to court proceedings, i.e.
Netherlands) Separation constitutes a ground of divorce in some European countries (in Germany, e.g., a divorce is granted on the basis of a 1-year separation if both spouses consent, or 3-year separation if only one spouse consents).
Note that "separation" does not necessarily mean separate residences – in some jurisdictions, living in the same household but leading a separate life (e.g., eating, sleeping, socializing, etc.
BONUS TIP: Keep all of your bills because a percentage of your legal expenses can be re-claimed IF it was to claim child or alimony support plus your legal feels will be tax deductible against your annual income. I found lots of errors over the few years my lawyer represented me. They have legal assistants who prepare the bills (which the client pays for—yes, you pay for the legal firm to write up bill) and they’re only human and sometimes mix up your file with other client’s. You can be a little more Erin Brokovich and a little less overwhelmed.
Ask your legal firm to write a letter with the total amount spent and include it in your tax return. If you leave it too long, it will become overwhelming. Also, there will be times you’ll disagree with your lawyer and know it’s not a crime. Coming up I have an interview with Family Law Attorney Brad Micklin of Micklin Law Group of New Jersey.
In some countries, particularly (but not only) in some former communist countries, divorce can be obtained only on one single general ground of "irretrievable breakdown of the marriage" (or a similar formulation).