Divorce or dissolution of marriage is a legal process leading to the termination of a marriage. Divorce laws vary considerably around the world. Divorce is not permitted in some countries, such as in Malta and in the Philippines, though an annulment is permitted. The legal process for divorce may also involve an application and award of spousal support, child custody, child support, distribution of property and division of debt, though these matters are only ancillary to the dissolution of the marriage. No fault divorce describes a divorce process which does not require a court to find either party at fault for the breakdown of a marriage when granting the divorce. No fault divorce does not mean a court will ignore the behaviour of the parties when dividing property, debts, evaluating custody, and support. Rather, the typical no fault statute prohibits a court from denying a divorce or allowing a party to raise a defense for divorce.


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