Family Law

Absolute versus limited divorce

Limited divorces do NOT end the marriage. Instead, the marital bond remains intact, you cannot marry someone else, engaging in sexual relations with somebody else would constitute adultery, etc.

With a limited divorce, a Court may order spousal and child support, determine who gets to use certain personal property such as cars, can award use and possession of the marital home, and can determine temporary custody of children.
On the other hand, these things can also be determined through a “Temporary Agreement” as part of an absolute divorce case.

The vast majority of divorce filings are for an absolute divorce. Absolute divorces officially ends the marriage. They are what one usually thinks of divorces as being.

Note: You do NOT, NOT, NOT need to get a limited divorce before getting an absolute divorce. You CAN file for an absolute divorce so long as you meet one of the grounds for divorce!