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The Psychology of Family Law$
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Eve Brank

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9781479865413

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: September 2019

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9781479865413.001.0001

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Dissolution of Marriage

Dissolution of Marriage

(p.101) 6 Dissolution of Marriage
The Psychology of Family Law

Eve M. Brank

NYU Press

Not all marriages last and unlike other personal relationships, the dissolution of a marriage requires legal involvement to end the relationship. A divorce not only severs a marriage, but it also introduces legal involvement. That legal involvement is in the form of state laws that define how divorces are granted, whether the couple needs to have a formal separation before a divorce can be granted, how property should be divided upon dissolution, and whether formalized spousal financial support should commence. Although the law is involved in each of these issues, there are now more opportunities for the use of alternative dispute resolution options rather than traditional court settings that attempt to give more of the decision making back to the couple.

Keywords:   Dissolution, Divorce, Property, Separation, Alimony, Alternative dispute resolution

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