Are you preparing for a divorce? The divorce process can be long, expensive, and stressful in many cases. For this reason, it is best to be as prepared as possible to know what to expect.
To learn more about the initial and basic divorce process step by step, keep reading. In this guide, we will let you know what you can expect from the divorce process so that you will know how to proceed.
If you have not already physically separated from your spouse as you consider or prepare for a divorce, this will be the next step in the process. Couples can choose to separate on their own or they may request that the court formally issues a legal separation in some states. Regardless of how you go about the separation, it is important to know that separation is not the same thing as divorce.
While a divorce permanently ends your marriage, during a separation a couple is still legally married until one asks for a divorce formally. In some states, the court may require that you separate as a couple before allowing the divorce process to begin or end. There are some states that do not require that couples live separately before filing for a divorce.
However, in many cases, living together once a divorce request has been submitted by a party is not a wise option. Each state has a different definition and requirement for the separation stage. While some states require that the couple lives in separate homes, other states allow the couple to live in the same home as long as they refrain from sexual relations.
Check the separation regulations and rules in your state to figure out how to proceed.
Filing for Divorce
Once you have decided that divorce is the best decision for you as a couple and you have figured out your separation plans, you can then work to file a divorce petition. This step initiates the legal process of your divorce. You should make sure you’re adhering to the separation regulations for your state to make sure your request is not rejected.
The spouse that is requesting the divorce will need to turn in the necessary paperwork to file. This paperwork will include legal information for both spouses, the legal grounds for the divorce, as well as any information about your children if you have any. Request regarding property division, alimony, or child custody and support will also need to be included in this paperwork.
After filing for a divorce, your request will be reviewed and you will need to attend a hearing which will lead to a trial or settlement. For the best results in this process, you will want to hire a family law attorney to defend your case.
Divorce Process: Where to Start
The divorce process can feel difficult and overwhelming, but knowing where to start can help. Prepare for your divorce with this brief and helpful guide.
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