Divorce or Dissolution – Spot the Difference

January 16, 2013

Separation is often a difficult thing to do for all parties involved, and in some cases, it can also be confusing. Take the difference between divorce and dissolution for example, wherein both are sometimes equated to just mean the former with the latter being relatively unknown. So in the interest of helping those who might undergo such tough circumstances in family law, a better understanding between the two cases is needed.


In a dissolution case, everything from the decision to separate, separation of assets and the custody of the child are arranged by the couple themselves. In essence, a dissolution case is where both members of the pair are in mutual understanding and agreement that separation is for the best and that doing so in a peaceful and orderly manner is the way to do it.


In a divorce case on the other hand, the decision to split up does not necessarily come from both sides and so conflict of interests arise. Everything from who gets which assets, how much of the income of one party is the other entitled to, who gets custody of the child and so on becomes a lot messier than in a dissolution case and it often leaves both sides with resentment.

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