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In divorce cases, a Judgment of Dissolution will ultimately be entered which terminates the marriage and addresses how assets and debts will be divided, child custody and visitation, child support, spousal support, and attorney’s fees and costs.
Paternity cases involve a child or children born to parents that are not married to each other. Paternity will be established and orders can be made regarding child custody and visitation, child support, birthing costs, and attorney’s fees and costs.
In legal separation cases, the court has the jurisdiction (power) to make all of the orders that can be made in a divorce (dissolution) case except the marriage will not be terminated.
Annulment (Nullity of Marriage)
An Annulment is when the court says a marriage is not legally valid. After an annulment, it is like the marriage never happened because it was never legal.
There are two types of custody – legal custody and physical custody. Legal custody is the right and responsibility to make decisions relating to the health, education, and welfare of the child or children. Physical custody is who the child or children will live with.
Visitation (i.e. parenting plan or time-share) is the plan for how the parents will share time with the child or children. Visitation orders are determined based upon the best interests of the child or children.
Child support is the amount of money that a court orders a parent or both parents pay to help pay for the support of the child or children and the child or children’s living expenses.
Spousal Support (Alimony)
Spousal support is the amount of money that a court orders a party pay to the other party to help maintain the marital standard of living. There is temporary spousal support and permanent spousal support.
Modification of Orders
Orders such as child custody, child visitation, child support, and spousal support, may be modified upon a showing of a substantial change of circumstances.
Enforcement of Orders
There are several ways to enforce a court order that is not being complied with. For example, a party may file a contempt of court citation against the non-compliant party.
Prenuptial Agreement (Premarital Agreement or Prenup)
A prenuptial agreement is a legal contract two parties sign before they enter into the institution of marriage. The contract describes what will happen with the couple’s assets and debts should the marriage end in divorce. Properties involved in a prenuptial agreement can include real estate, financial interests, income, earnings, debts and other present or future assets.
Restraining Order (Protective Order)
A restraining order is a court order that can protect someone from being physically or sexually abused, threatened, stalked, or harassed.