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Wife of former 'American Idol' judge files for dissolution

When a couple decides to end their marriage, there are many decisions to be made about issues such as child custody and support issues, alimony and division of assets. A divorce can be a long, complicated process, and for many couples, it can cause a fair amount of pain and sadness.

Some couples elect to file for dissolution, rather than divorce. This is the case for former "American Idol" judge Randy Jackson and his wife. Jackson's wife filed for a dissolution on Sept. 11, 2014, requesting spousal support and full physical custody of the couple's minor child. Jackson will be given visitation rights.

Dissolution can be an ideal choice for couples, as it affords them the chance to get on with their lives quicker. It requires less paperwork and less time in court. Many states require that the dissolution be uncontested, so couples spend less time having to make decisions via their attorneys.

Certain states have specific requirements a couple must meet before they can file for dissolution. In these states, couples need to have been married a shorter time, have no minor children, and have relatively few assets to divide. However, some states do not impose these restrictions, and couples can file for dissolution as long as they have agreed upon more impactful decisions, like custody of minor children and asset division.

Ending a marriage, whether through divorce or dissolution, is never easy. Couples must decide if they can work together on decisions, or if they need to limit their communication. Whatever they decide, they may want the help of an experienced attorney, who can put them on the right track to a brighter future.

Source: "Randy Jackson of "American Idol" fame and wife to divorce after 19 years", CBS/AP, Sept. 26, 2014

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