Understanding the Three Kinds of Actions in the Divorce Court System

Understanding the Three Kinds of Actions in the Divorce Court System

Filing a divorce court case can be a little confusing if you’re not up on the terminology or if you don’t quite understand the different kinds of actions that can be brought forth in the divorce courts. Some people can easily get these actions confused, so it’s a good thing to do a little research and understand what makes each filing different so that you can be assured that you are filing the proper paperwork in your particular situation.

DIVORCE -filing for a divorce means that you want to separate all legal ties. This means that you will be separating financially, legally and physically. Both parties can be remarried after the divorce is final.

LEGAL SEPARATION-a legal separation filing is essentially a divorce but keeps each party of the marriage from getting remarried until divorce is filed and final. This can include not only physical separation, but financial separation as well.

ANNULMENT-annulments are not as typical as divorces and legal separations, and are oftentimes done for religious reasons. Annulments are filed to state that the marriage should not have existed in the first place. This can sometimes be done if there is a mistake that happened on a legal technicality.

By understanding the difference between these three court case filings, you will be better prepared to finish the legal paperwork, know what to expect out of the family law courtroom, and you will be assured that you are filing the correct action that you need to take, without second-guessing yourself or thinking that an attorney must be hired to complete your paperwork. Having faith in yourself is just one step in self-representation that you must have in order to find success in Pro Se litigation.