To die—to sleep,No more; and by a sleep to say we endThe heart-ache and the thousand natural shocksThat flesh is heir to—An excerpt from Hamlet, by William Shakespeare
Is your relationship truly meant to be? Marriages are full of ups and downs, and going through with a divorce without really weighing your options can have far-reaching consequences. If you’re teetering on the edge, you should explore counseling, confide in people close to you who can be objective when giving advice, or even consult with your spiritual advisors.
If divorce is the right option for your union, then finding a competent divorce attorney is your next step. Divorce is a very personal process that may have you combing through your entire wedded and pre-wedded life, you should work with attorneys you feel have yours and your family’s best interests in mind.
The Divorce Process
Firstly, you’ll need to gather any asset information you can get your hands on, including any financial information, credit cards, and liabilities you or your spouse are responsible for.
Determination of Contestation
Next, determine whether your divorce will be contested or uncontested.
Uncontested would look like this: you and your spouse are likely to agree on all issues including time sharing, parent responsibility, child support, alimony/spousal support, the division of property.
Contested would look like this: you and your spouse disagree on these major issues.
Filing for Divorce
Thirdly, if you’ve reached this step, you’re ready to file the petition for dissolution of marriage and serve the petition on your spouse.
If the divorce is contested, once the petition is filed you’ll have 45 days from the date of service on your spouse to provide mandatory disclosures, which include: financial information, tax return information, statement for retirement accounts, etc. If necessary, you can also request interrogatories, the production of documents, and depositions if your spouse is not cooperating with the required financial disclosures.
Agreements, Negotiations, Trials
If a marital settlement agreement cannot be created to satisfy both spouses, then mediation may be necessary.
Once the marital agreement is finalized, a short hearing will be ordered to determine that the marriage is irretrievably broken. If a marital settlement agreement could not be reached, a trial will be ordered.
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