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What you need to know

A divorce proceeding is a lawsuit filed by one spouse against another to terminate the marriage relationship. The court often will grant a divorce on the least offensive grounds and move directly into equitably dividing the marital estate, allocating parental rights and responsibilities of any minor children, and addressing child and spousal support. Litigating a divorce may take up to a year or longer depending on the circumstances. Normally, the court issues an order for the litigants to maintain the status quo while the case pends. The court may issue temporary orders to address temporary payment of expenses, allocation of parental rights, and support while the divorce is in litigation. Divorce is the only option to terminate the marriage relationship when both spouses cannot fully agree on settlement or when spouses refuse to fully disclose information pertaining to finances and property to the other spouse.