A divorce, just like anything worthwhile, takes some time to get squared away. The divorce timeline is lengthy, and you might not be familiar with the entirety of it. So, we’re going to help you get prepared for what’s to come. While this might seem like a lot, and it is, having proper representation and a lot of patience will make this process much easier. But, don’t get discouraged! By the end of all this, you’ll have a fresh start all to yourself.

Divorce Timeline: What to Expect of Your Separation

Writing and Filing the Petition

After deciding you want a divorce, you must speak with your attorney and allow them to write a petition. As a legal document, this petition will say why you want a divorce and how you will settle shared possessions. After writing this up, your lawyer will file it with the court.

Serving the Spouse

Once the court receives your petition , they will then serve it to your spouse. In this event, your spouse will need to answer in one of two ways. First, your ex may answer to the petition, and the terms of it. Or, your ex can choose to respond with an alternate means of dealing with the divorce. In the off-chance that they don’t answer, the court will assume your spouse agrees to the terms you set out and will proceed accordingly.

Exchanging Documents

Next on your divorce timeline, will be exchanging documents. During this phase, you will exchange information about property, income, and assets. In addition, you will determine how to issue child support, if you have children. Ultimately, this is the phase where you lay it all out there and get a good feel for financials, post-divorce.

Settling or Mediation

At this point, you may be able to settle your issues through settlement or mediation. In which, you would reach a point of total legal agreement amongst yourselves. In that case, you can attend a formal hearing for a judge to review your settlement agreement. After you both agree to sign the papers, the judge will grant you a divorce degree.

Or, Going To Trial

If you have issues within which you cannot reach a solution together, you’ll go to trial. During this phase, your attorney will present your argument and provide evidence to support the areas you can’t agree on with your ex. In general, some of the most common disagreements revolve around child custody/visitation rights, child support, and property division. The judge will hear both sides, then reach a decision. At that point, he will grant you your divorce.

A divorce can go quickly, or drag on for over a year. Ultimately, it all comes down to yours, and your spouse’s, cooperation in the matter. When it comes down to it, the more you can handle between the two of you and your attorney’s, the more money you’ll be able to save for your post-divorce life and fresh start. We wish you luck in this difficult time, and extend our services if you might need them.