Types of Divorce


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Agreed Divorce or “No Fault Divorce”


A no-fault divorce, also commonly called an uncontested divorce, is the quickest and easiest method of divorce…this is the one you want.

In this type of divorce, both parties typically agree to disagree which means that they both want to pursue the divorce and agree to the terms. These couples believe that their marriage was a mistake but they cannot qualify for an annulment because they lived and acted as a married couple.

When both parties agree and go to file, a reason for divorce needs to be listed, however, no proof of wrongdoing is necessary for either person.

Can you see why an agreed divorce is the easiest type of divorce to pursue? No arguments…no hassle. More of a “I go my way and you go yours” situation.




A Default Divorce: No Agreement

Default divorce is a very common type of divorce. The one being served with divorce papers will not agree to the terms, or just don’t want to divorce, and as a result, does NOT sign the documents or will not respond to any correspondence in regards to the pending divorce.

Also, if the other party just sits on their hands and does nothing, they then “default.”

You are probably thinking about the “nasty” divorces that you hear about, or know someone that has had one, where they take forever or no one can agree to anything…

Afraid this will happen to you? Don’t blame yourself, but fear not, divorce is still possible!

You are never forced to stay married. If your spouse defaults on their side of the case, then usually the divorce is granted with the divorce terms you wanted originally in the complain for divorce. NICE.




When Your Spouse is Missing During Divorce

What do you do when you want a divorce AND your spouse is missing? Well, I guess you can go on the hunt for him or her, but luckily you don’t have to.

You can file for divorce and claim abandonment, notating the missing spouse.

Your spouse will then be served through the local newspaper from the last known address.

If your spouse does not respond…and they usually don’t….then he or she will Default and a divorce will be granted. See Default Divorce…above.



Divorcing in The Armed Services

Military divorces are very common and more difficult because they are a tad bit different than the civilian divorce. You can get a military divorce if one or both of you are serving or have served in the armed forces.  

If you qualify, you need to determine WHERE your divorce will be filed. Also, if you have children, you need to come up with a plan for custody and visitation rights.

Don’t forget the other benefits, such as military pension.

In terms of Residency, the divorce will be filed where the spouse in the military has listed for his or her residence. If both of you are in the military, the one pursuing the divorce will file in their State of Residence, usually.

For example, if you are stationed in South Carolina but your residence is in New York, you will file in New York. You can usually do this through fax or mail.

If you have children, it can be more difficult to determine support, custody or visitation because you and your partner may have different states of residency. Deployment will affect this as well.


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Julie Jessup

Julie Jessup

Popular divorce blogger and lifetime student of family dynamics. Julie enjoys helping others on all topics of family issues.
Julie Jessup
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Julie Jessup

Popular divorce blogger and lifetime student of family dynamics. Julie enjoys helping others on all topics of family issues.

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