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Divorce is a marriage's obliteration through legal action requiring a petition or complaint. A minimal illustration of fault is required for some states, but incompatibility is usually sufficient to grant divorce. When issuing a divorce decree, the substantive issues include the division of property, child support and custody, alimony, child visitation and attorney's fees. The petitioning or complaining party has to file in his/her residing state because only state courts have jurisdiction over divorces. The divorce process for most states usually takes several months to occur to allow for a chance to reconcile. A divorce agreement is an agreement during a divorce that divides the property, child support, visitation rights, and alimony or child support. This settlement agreement is approved by the court, is submitted in writing and signed by both parties.

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