What is the Difference Between Divorce and Dissolution?

The difference between a Divorce and Dissolution is the order in which the documents are filed, though the end result is the same.

In Dissolution, the parties agree before the proper paperwork is filed in the Domestic Relations Court. After the documents are signed, the court is petitioned to accept the agreement and a hearing is held to take testimony by both parties and to finalize the Dissolution. The time frame for Dissolution is much shorter since all the issues are resolved prior to the Petition to the Court.

In a Divorce, a complaint is filed and the other party has 28 days to answer. After the 28 days expire, a pretrial is scheduled and the parties along with their respective attorneys appear to discuss the issues of the Divorce. A Divorce can become very costly if the parties cannot agree to the terms of the Separation Agreement and Parenting Schedule.