The initiation of the legal process also opens the opportunity to seek temporary orders to address restraining orders, spousal assistance, attorney fee payment, and the needs of any children.
The filing of the complaint also initiates the legal process and opens the opportunity to conduct discovery on your spouse to ensure all assets and debts, as well as other matters, are identified and addressed properly in the case. Many spouses are surprised by the findings from discovery, so it is an important step.
From this point on, hearings are held by the court to monitor the status of the case. But, all issues related to the marriage are resolved by a written agreement between the parties, a trial, or a combination of the two (when some issues can be agreed upon, while others cannot).
Finally, the case terminates with an order from the court directing how the issues of the marriage are to be resolved, with appropriate consideration for any full or partial agreements reached along the way by the parties.
The divorce process, when viewed at this level, seems very simple - and it can be at times. However, when a divorce is filed, rather than a dissolution, it is a warning sign that the case has the potential to become complex. Therefore, it is prudent for a litigant to retain counsel experienced both in divorce law and litigation practice to protect your interests. If you are ready to move forward with that process, we ask you to consider using our services. You can reach us through the “Contact” link above.
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