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DIVORCE Divorce in General A divorce is a legal ending of a marriage It occurs when two spouses feel that a legal separation is the only way to put an end to their problems such as differences in goals financial difficulties or poor sexual relationships Most countries including United States and Canada permit divorce only in certain circumstances Countries like Ireland and Philippines prohibit divorce because divorce rips apart families the base of society the base at which society is built around Procedures A couple that is wishing to proceed with a divorce first fills out the proper papers and returns them to court Making the arrangements for alimony child custody and support and division of their property They then appear in court in front of a Judge who listens to their arguments by which they want to end their marriage and then decides weather or not to grant them a divorce In the past the judge order the man to pay considerable alimony give up some of their property and take on most of the responsibility of supporting their children There were two main reasons for this first majority of divorced women did not have a job and needed money to help support the children Secondly because the man was the guilty spouse and the guilty spouse could not receive alimony Today Judges realize that woman have qualifications for well paying jobs and do not need to be supported fully by their ex-husbands They can also file for no-fault divorces No-fault divorce is when neither side is labeled guilty Some people oppose no-fault divorces because they believe such divorces can be obtained too easily They feel couples can end their marriage without there being a real good reason and that the couples should consult a marriage counselor The divorce process is easier under the no-fault laws then the fault laws Therefor can sometimes be obtained by couples without lawyers Some
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