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Filing for Divorce
According to a rough estimate, approximately 50% of marriages culminate in divorce. Moreover, although the statistics are so high, divorce is a stressful process for everyone involved. Consequently, if you are ready to file for divorce, or need to learn about any of the alternatives to divorce, a divorce lawyer will help you through the difficult and highly stressful times. And because of the many factors and technicalities involved in the divorce process, a divorce attorney can help you sort out the details relative to your circumstances. To learn more about filing for divorce, please submit your case to StraightDivorce and allow one of our experienced family law attorneys assess your situation.
The Divorce Process
When filing for divorce your family law lawyer is your advocate and will help you understand the legal terminology making sure you have a fair settlement. In addition to being your support person, a matrimonial lawyer will explain all the details and specifics, which will include jurisdiction, and the decisions that could influence your case. Rather than being in the dark about your own personal situation, contact us today and have the information available to you right from the start so that you can keep from making irreversible decisions that could negatively affect custody and visitation rights as well as responsibility for division of debts and assets.
Filing Papers for Divorce
The legal process involved for a divorce filing begins when a divorce attorney prepares a divorce petition, and then files the petition with the clerk of the court. Divorce cases are filed and heard in the state’s district or family court and each petition for divorce must be prepared according to specific legal requirements. That means the petition must include precise allegations and claims concerning the parties involved, as well as the residence of each party, and the number of children involved. If you are the one filing the petition, you are recognized as the “Petitioner.” The spouse being served is the “Respondent.” If on the other hand you and your spouse file for divorce together, then you are “Co-petitioners.” Once your divorce attorney prepares the papers, the divorce petition is served on the Respondent. In some states, it may be necessary to have a Sheriff serve the divorce petition, while at other times a process server is hired to serve the papers. There are also situations when it is acceptable to have the papers served via certified mail. Should a Respondent not be easily accessible, special options are available to make sure the process is completed.
After the Divorce Papers are Filed
Once a petition has been served to the Respondent, the spouse who has been served has to respond within an allotted period in answer to the petition. At this point, the respondent is given the opportunity to deny or even disagree with any claims made in the petition. Responses are generally limited to either admission or denial of allegations. The Respondent may also file a cross-petition, making their own allegations known. What follows next depends upon the complexity of the divorce or whether each party sees eye to eye on the terms. Often, couples with young children, debts, assets and property proceed with a contested divorce primarily because they can’t come to agreeable terms. If on the other hand, the couple is in agreement on most issues, the proceedings will continue uncontested. To learn where you stand, we’re only a phone call away.
About the Divorce Attorneys at Straight DivorceWhen dealing with family law and divorce issues, a divorce attorney can help make the transition a little smoother. Making the divorce process as simple as possible, the divorce lawyers at Straight Divorce are available for consultation by filling out the free divorce case review or by calling us at 1 (877) 420-6657.