Understanding the Differences Between Divorce and Summary Dissolution

Divorce and Summary Dissolution

When you and/or your spouse have decided that divorce is the healthiest option available at the moment, you may understandably feel overwhelmed by the emotional, physical and practical transitions associated with turning a married life into a single life. When adding the legal side of divorce into the mix, you may feel so frustrated at all the changes occurring in your life at the moment that you resist the potentially stressful task of speaking with an attorney. This is completely normal and happens to more individuals than you might think.

However, it is important to speak with an attorney so that you can learn about your options. Depending on the details of your situation, the legal side of your divorce process may not be an unnecessarily stressful transition. You may even benefit from the straightforward and streamlined process of summary dissolution. We are passionate about making sure that our clients’ needs are met whenever possible during the divorce process and we are committed to keeping the legal side of our clients’ divorces as low-stress as is possible and appropriate under the circumstances. We hope you will consider connecting with our firm so that we can take some of the practical burdens of divorce off your shoulders.

Choosing the Right Process for You

When we meet to discuss your divorce-related options and opportunities, we may explore the possibility of filing for summary dissolution. This process tends to take less time and cost less money than other approaches to divorce. With that said, not everyone is eligible for this option and even when you are eligible, you will need to think carefully about the pros and cons of summary dissolution before committing to this approach.

The eligibility requirements for summary dissolution vary by state. Therefore, if you are considering filing locally, you will likely be subject to different requirements than you would be if you (for whatever reason) opted to file across state lines. In general, you need to avoid contesting any property matters during this process and need to avoid requesting spousal support. Your spouse also must meet these general requirements. You also generally cannot have been married for more than a few years and cannot have any shared minor children. If you own significant marital assets like a home, you also may not qualify. But if you do, this process may allow you to tie up the legal side of your divorce rather quickly and efficiently.

Divorce Assistance Is Available

If you are interested in legally ending your marriage, please consider scheduling a consultation with a law firm. Once divorce lawyers in Rockville, MD understand the particulars of your situation, they will be able to advise you of your legal options and offer additional support and guidance. They are also happy to answer any questions you may have about your legal situation and/or approach to representation. The transition from married life to single life can be uniquely stressful. But you do not have to navigate the legal side of things alone.

Thanks to the Law Office of Daniel J. Wright for their insight into family law and differences between divorce and summary dissolution.