Norbert U. Frost of Solano County Explains the Differences in Legal Terms for an End of Marriage

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Solano Family Law Attorney Norbert U. Frost Explains the Difference between a divorce, a legal separation, and an annulment.

Finding an attorney during a difficult time in life, like a divorce, can add additional stress.

A divorce or "dissolution of marriage" or "dissolution of domestic partnership" ends a marriage or domestic partnership

Norbert U. Frost a Solano County based attorney is a deals with many clients wishing to end their marriages and he encourages everyone to be informed about the process and the differences in end of marriage events such as divorce, separation and an annulment.

The Solano family law attorney feels this is very important for everyone to know these differences and explains them.

“A divorce or "dissolution of marriage" or "dissolution of domestic partnership" ends a marriage or domestic partnership,” said Frost. “After you get divorced, you will be single, and you can marry or become a domestic partner again. If you get divorced, you can also ask the judge for orders like child and spousal support, custody, visitation, division of property and debts, and domestic violence restraining orders.”

A legal separation does not end a marriage or domestic partnership. Individuals can't marry or enter into a partnership with someone else if they are legally separated, but not divorced. A legal separation is for couples that do not want to get divorced but want to live apart and decide on financial, property, and parenting issues. Couples sometimes prefer separation for religious reasons or to maintain health coverage for both spouses. If a couple files for a legal separation, they may later be able to file an amended petition to ask the court for a divorce. In a legal separation, couples can ask the judge for orders like child and spousal support, custody and visitation, and domestic violence restraining orders.

An annulment or "nullity of marriage" is when a court says a marriage or domestic partnership is NOT legally valid. A marriage or domestic partnership that is incestuous or bigamous is never valid. Other marriages and partnerships can be declared "void" because: (1) force, fraud, or physical or mental incapacity; (2) one of the spouses or partners was too young to legally marry or enter into a domestic partnership; or (3) one of the spouses or partners was already married or in a registered domestic partnership. Annulments are very rare.

For answers to questions about how to select a divorce attorney or any other family law matter, contact Norbert. U. Frost by phone at (707) 656-4235 or on the web at

About Norbert U. Frost
Norbert U. Frost is a Vallejo and Napa family law attorney who specializes in divorce, legal separation and annulment, child custody and visitation, child support, spousal support, property/asset and debt division, retirements, pensions, domestic partnerships, adoptions, conservatorships, guardianships, estate planning, wills, trusts, advanced health care directives, probate, mediation, dispute resolution services, real estate transactions, real estate litigation, civil litigation, and is a Solano County estate planning specialist.

The Law Offices of Norbert U. Frost serves the San Francisco Bay Area communities of Benicia, Cordelia, Fairfield, Green Valley, Vallejo, American Canyon, Napa, Napa Valley, St. Helena, and Yountville.


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