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The primary difference between a divorce and dissolution, is reaching a mutual agreement.
Dissolution - When both parties have worked out all terms and are prepared to file an agreement, they may do so. The official document set forth for dissolution is a Separation Agreement and possibly, a Shared Parenting Plan.
Divorce - The parties have not been able to reach an agreement on terms such as property, income, parenting and more. Because there is no agreement, a divorce will need to be filed. Divorces typically require much more work and court. If an agreement is not eventually reached, your issues will be decided by a judge.
Legal Custody (Sometimes referred to as Sole Custody; Physical Custody; or Custody) – This will allow the custodial parent to make legal decisions regarding the child. This includes; religious, cultural and schooling education, health care and more.
Shared Parenting (Sometimes referred to as Joint Custody) – This means that parents have equal legal rights.