In law, dissolution is any of several legal events that terminate a legal entity or agreement such as a marriage, adoption, corporation, or union.
Dissolution is the last stage of liquidation, the process by which a company is brought to an end, and the assets and property of the company redistributed.
Dissolution of a partnership is the first of two stages in the termination of a partnership. "Winding up" is the second stage.
Dissolution may also refer to the termination of a contract or other legal relationship; for example, a divorce is the dissolution of a marriage.
Dissolution is also the term for the legal process by which an adoption is reversed. While this applies to the vast majority of adoptions which are terminated, they are more commonly referred to as disruptions, even though that term technically applies only to those that are not legally complete at the time of termination.
In international law, dissolution is when a state has broken up into several entities, and no longer has power over those entities, as it used to have previously. An example of this is the case of the former USSR dissolving into different republics.