Thursday, March 18, 2010

The Bifurcated Divorce

What is a bifurcated divorce? It is the division of a divorce case into two or more parts. For example, the marital status of a couple can be terminated by the court while settlement issues such as child custody, support, alimony, and property division are decided at a later date. It can also be an option when a couple agrees on everything but one specific issue, such as determining the division of a business or the custody of a child.

You'll usually hear about this type of divorce in connection with high profile marriages, but ordinary people can use this option as well.

Why would someone want a bifurcated divorce?

Because some divorce cases can take months to resolve, a couples may seek to have their divorce divided in order to have their marital status changed as soon as possible. This may be the case when:

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