How Does The Grounds For Divorce Affect Spousal Support In The United State?
Shum Su Kei (Suki)
Center for Southern New Hampshire University (SNHU)
Along with the changing era, everyone has the right to marry in freedom and divorce since the basis of the marriage has no longer existed. This paper discusses about the divorce law in the United States and emphasizes on the impacts of the grounds for divorce to spousal support. The spouses are required to file a petition for dissolving the marriage with a ground for divorce. Some grounds for divorce affect the spousal support but some of them do not. Furthermore, the spouses should comply some restrictions such as residency requirement for divorce.
Keywords: divorce law in the United States, grounds for divorce, spousal support
Family is defined as the basic unit to constitute the enormous society as everyone knows. Likewise, marriage is the initial step to form a new family as well as an arising unit in the society. Thence, the freedom of marriage is determined as the basic right and entitlement for every citizen, as well as a concrete manifestation of human rights. The laws have conferred to every citizen that the right to choose their spouse in freedom. Simultaneously, people are able to divorce for terminating their marital status while the foundation of marriage does not exist anymore. What is divorce? In the “Black’s Law Dictionary”, there has stated that:
The legal separation of man and wife, effected, for cause, by the judgment of a court, and either totally dissolving the marriage relation, or suspending its effects so far as concerns the cohabitation of the parties. Atherton v. Atherton, 181 U. S.155, 21 Sup. Ct. 544, 45 L. Ed. 791; Miller v. Miller, 33 Cal. 355; Cast v. Cast, 1 Utah, 112.The dissolution is termed “divorce from the bond of matrimony,” or, in the Latinform of tlie expression, “a vinculo matrimonii;” the suspension, “divorce from...