Dissolution of Marriage
“Dissolution of Marriage” is just another way of saying divorce. Lawyers like technical terms, and when two people get divorced, they are dissolving the marriage. Once the judge signs the Final Decree of Dissolution of Marriage, the spouses are no longer married to each other and they are officially single. They can then marry someone else.
If the spouses no longer wish to live together and they want to make legally enforceable agreements on how to divide their property and debts, or how they will raise the children, they can do this by obtaining a legal separation without getting divorced. However, in New Mexico, you go through the same exact court process and deal with the same exact issues (property, debt, children, and alimony) in a legal separation as a dissolution of marriage, except at the end, you are still technically married to each other and cannot marry someone else.