divorce aggreementNo one looks forward to divorce, but the simple truth is that many marriages wind up falling prey to this unfortunate ending. Divorce is technically known as the dissolution of marriage where the marital union or marriage is terminated, and so the legal responsibilities and duties are reorganized and cancelled. Such matters are of course governed by the laws of the particular country, state, and even city and county in which the proceedings take place. Divorce laws vary wildly around the many nations of the world, and there is variety even with the United States.

One thing that is almost universal is that a divorce must be formally sanctioned by an appropriate court or some other legal authority as part of the formal process. Many issues may have to be resolved, such as alimony, division of debt, child support, child custody, parenting time, visitation and access of children, and distribution of property. In cases where children are not involved, the cases are much simpler to process, as there are far fewer complications. Marriages that started with robust and thorough prenuptial agreements also simplify divorce matters in most cases.

Divorce is not something that should get confused with arrangements like annulment. These are court rulings that declare a marriage null and void.

Common reasons that instigate a divorce range from a sexual incompatibility, personality clashes, adultery, fiscal recklessness, or even a lack of personal independence for either spouse.

Divorces of some form or fashion are allowed in all countries and regions except three, which are the Philippines, the British Crown Dependency of Sark, and the Vatican City. In all other areas of the world, divorce is allowed, but there are often two different kinds of divorce approaches. There are fault based petitions, as well as no-fault based charges.