Your Family Law Attorney for Dissolution of Marriage Cases


When it comes to couples parting, I have seen the litigation process when it goes smoothly as well as when it gets ugly as an experienced family law attorney

Still, I get asked the question all the time what the difference is between a couple splitting by divorce versus breaking up with what is referred to as a dissolution of marriage. Let’s take a look at both of these terms, and determine which one best fits your current situation.

Is There a Difference Between a Divorce and a Dissolution?

Getting these two confused is a common mistake, because most people just see breaking up as breaking up, no matter what you call it! But, there is a different way of going about things when a couple is actually in agreement to separate than when they can’t be civil towards one another and/or get along.

When one person wants out of the relationship (for infidelity, growing apart, or whatever reason) and the other person doesn’t, then it is generally called a divorce. It is normally when the person who wants out of the marriage wants the court to come into the picture and decide how the marriage will end, decide who gets custody, etc.

A divorce is the ultimate result of a dissolution, but a dissolution is when both parties are on the same page, both want to split ways peacefully, and already mostly have their custody decisions made between themselves.  

Contact Your Sacramento Family Law Attorney for Divorce and Dissolution Cases

In the State of California, there are some requirements in order to attain a summary dissolution, such as the fact that you and your ex cannot have any children who are minors, and the woman cannot be pregnant at the time of the dissolution. 

For more questions, don’t hesitate to contact me today at Mercer Law for your initial free 15-minute consultation. I provide family law attorney services in Sacramento, California.

About the author 

Eric Mercer

Eric Mercer is the owner and primary attorney at the Law Office of Eric Andrew Mercer based in Sacramento, California, but represents clients all over California. He started his legal career as a patent litigator at an intellectual property law firm in Palo Alto, California. He formed his own law firm in 2009, where his practice includes family law, consumer law, and personal injury. His family law practice focuses on parents’ custody rights and support. His consumer practice focuses on individual and class action litigation involving mortgage loan servicing, foreclosure avoidance options, mortgage origination, foreclosure rescue scams, automobile fraud, and unfair debt collection. His personal injury practice focuses on bicycle and motorcycle accidents. He is experienced in California and federal courts through all phases of litigation, trial and appeal.

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