Countries that have relatively recently legalized divorce are Italy (1970), Portugal (1975), Brazil (1977), Spain (1981), Argentina (1987), Where it is seen as a contract, the refusal or inability of one spouse to perform the obligations stipulated in the contract may constitute a ground for divorce for the other spouse.
In contrast, in some countries (such as Sweden, divorce is purely no fault.
Reasons for divorce vary, from sexual incompatibility or lack of independence for one or both spouses to a personality clash.
The Vatican City is an ecclesiastical state, which has no procedure for divorce.
Many jurisdictions offer both the option of a no fault divorce as well as an at fault divorce.
This is the case, for example, in many US states (see Grounds for divorce (United States)).
Divorce usually entails the canceling or reorganizing of the legal duties and responsibilities of marriage, thus dissolving the bonds of matrimony between a married couple under the rule of law of the particular country or state.
Divorce laws vary considerably around the world, alimony (spousal support), child visitation / access, parenting time, child support, and division of debt.
The doctrine of Doctor Angelicus has been partially shared by the Eastern Orthodox Church in the course of history.
In some jurisdictions, the courts will seldom apply principles of fault, but might willingly hold a party liable for a breach of a fiduciary duty to his or her spouse (for example, see Family Code Sections 7 of the California Family Code).