Wyoming Divorce & Separation
Getting a separation or divorce is, of course, common in every state, but you may not realize that the laws and rules that govern these processes can be quite different depending on your state of residence. It’s important to be familiar with the specifics in your state. What are the requirements for getting a divorce in Wyoming? Is mediation a requirement before you can get a Wyoming divorce? What is the law on Wyoming annulments? Find the answers to your Wyoming divorce questions here.
Wyoming Legal Separation:
The courts will recognize and consider separation agreements in adjudicating divorce suits, but there is no legal separation per se in Wyoming, whether as a precursor to divorce or as a separate entity. For more information about the differences between divorce, separations, and annulment, see Ending a Marriage or Taking a Break.
Grounds for Divorce/Fault – No Fault:
Wyoming is a no-fault divorce state. This means that the appropriate grounds for dissolution of the marriage are just one: “irreconcilable differences.” There is also a separate valid ground that is a “fault-based” ground in name only: incurable insanity AND being in a mental hospital of the state for at least 2 years prior to filing.
Residency/Where to File for Divorce:
The district court in which either party lives has jurisdiction over lawsuits for annulment and for divorces, along with claims for separate maintenance. Judges automatically hear the suits as “equitable claims.” Further, suits for divorce or annulment are not valid unless one of the parties has been a resident for at least 60 days before the suit is filed.
Availability of Simplified or Special Divorce Procedures:
Divorces proceed relatively quickly in Wyoming thanks to the no-fault rules (proving fault can be time-consuming). If both parties can work together on most of their issues, especially those concerning property and children, then they will save on a lot of heartache and a lot of excess legal fees. However, these agreements are not necessarily binding on the court, and there are no special or expedited divorce proceedings for these couples.
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Divorce Mediation in Wyoming:
The court will refer the parties to alternative dispute resolution sessions at no cost to them and only as circumstances allow. The court looks into a history of family abuse when determining the appropriateness of referral. Any unresolved issues between the parties after the mediation session (or after several mediation sessions, if the parties agree to it) will be resolved by the court.
An annulment is a court declaration that your marriage is legally invalid. In other words, rather than ending a marriage via divorce, an annulment is a declaration that the marriage was never valid to begin with, for reasons including fraud, duress, incurable impotency at the time of the marriage, bigamy, and consanguinity (incest).
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