What do I need to know about divorce?
A married couple may decide to separate or live apart at any time, without authorisation from the court. However, when the couple announces their intent to live apart to a court, then they are seeking a legal separation. Since a legal separation is a judicial procedure, there are issues that must be decided by a judge. For example, issues such as custody of the children, support of the children and the partner, are usually decided in legal separations. Nonetheless, it is important to note that all these things can be reviewed or retracted if the couple seeks a divorce in the future.
Divorce is legally the official ending of a marriage and the only legal requirement you will be requested in Court is to prove that you have been separated for 12 months and have put a decisive ending to your relationship. Although many people prefer to same time and money from divorcing, others prefer to put an end to their legal bond since this may affect their rights and responsibilities when dealing with some types of financial matters such as wills and inheritances. People cannot remarry without going through a divorce first.