What is a bifurcated divorce?

Well, in it’s simplest form, the word “bifurcate” means to cut into two parts or prongs. So when you have a bifurcated divorce, you are basically separating or cutting the proceeding into two parts. The result is that you may get the divorce judgment before you decide an issue such as custody or equitable distribution. So you would have the equitable distribution hearing after you have already been adjudicated divorced. Why would a couple opt for this? Well, maybe one of the parties want to re-marry. Or there may be tax issues that would be facilitated if the parties have single status. Or there may be issues such as a business valuation that could take years to iron out, that makes bifurcation a sensible option.
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