A Petition for Dissolution of Marriage is considered in a large part of the United States to be the primary step in the filing process for a divorce, which is also known as a ‘dissolution of marriage’.
However, as the laws regarding the filing of a Petition for Dissolution of Marriage vary from state to state, the individual forms – meaning the length, text, and stipulations – vary as well.
Upon filing a Petition for Dissolution of Marriage, one – or both – of the married individuals are acknowledging a desire to terminate the marriage and begin a divorce proceeding.
The text of a Petition for Dissolution of Marriage includes sworn statements regarding the details of a marriage, as well as the reasons for its dissolution.
Married couples with children are required to complete a Petition for Dissolution of Marriage in the event of a desire to dissolve a marriage, however, the forms are oftentimes lengthier due to custodial and visitation issues surrounding the children.