A divorce ends a marriage in the eyes of the law; after a couple divorces they are no longer married.
A divorce or separation can be very stressful; some people become sad after a divorce. If there are children, the children may also feel sad when the parents are separated. However, there are many resources that can help people.
If the parents re-marry, the children of their new husband or wife are their stepchildren. "Step-" can be put before any relation to show it is from another marriage. If there are children in the new marriage, children from a former marriage are called half-brothers or half-sisters, since they are "half" related.
Divorce in different cultures
The law of divorce is different in every country. Only two countries have no law of divorce, The Philippines and The Vatican. In the Philippines, married people are not able to end their relation, but it is possible for them to say they were never married for example, because of an error. Most religions do not agree with the couples divorcing.
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Marilyn Monroe signing divorce papers with celebrity attorney Jerry Giesler.
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