A divorce is the dissolution of a marriage by judicial decree. Getting married symbolizes more than just an emotional commitment, it entails a life-long commitment to mesh lives, commingle assets, and parent children. Ending a marriage through divorce also has life-long consequences, both legal and financial, as well as consequences for any children of the marriage. Because separating joined lives can be difficult and messy, each state has specific steps that must be taken in the process of divorce, from the couple’s separation, to the final divorce decree ordered by a family court judge. Requirements for, and the process of, getting a divorce vary by jurisdiction.
Definition of divorce provided by legaldictionary.net.