Every year, more than 600,000 American couples decide to get divorced. If you’re on the verge of getting a divorce from your spouse, you should make sure that you’re prepared for what’s to come.
Your life is likely going to get turned upside-down as soon as you file for divorce. You can make the divorce process easier on yourself by learning about the stages of divorce.
Here is a quick breakdown of what you can expect when you file for divorce.
You File a Divorce Petition
When you first decide that you would like to file for divorce, you will need to hire a divorce lawyer and file a divorce petition. This petition must be filed by one of the people getting a divorce.
You might also want to have a judge issue temporary orders for your divorce case. It can take some time for your divorce to reach the courtroom, so in the meantime, these temporary orders will see to it that issues like child custody and child support are worked out for the time being.
You Negotiate a Settlement Out of Court or Go to Divorce Court
There are some couples who are able to keep their divorces out of court. They’re able to negotiate settlements with their soon-to-be-ex-spouses so that they don’t have to appear in divorce court.
If you’re able to do this, awesome. But if you aren’t, you and your divorce lawyer will need to work together to come up with a plan of action for divorce court. You’ll need to be ready to tell a judge what you want them to rule at the end of your divorce proceedings.
You Officially Get Divorced
Before you can get divorced in an official capacity, a judge may require you and your ex to take certain steps. For example, you might be called upon to take a parenting course through Court Compliance Education if you have kids together.
You will also need to file a bunch of important divorce paperwork to make everything official. At that point, a judge will pass down their ruling to you and your spouse and get things finalized. You’ll be divorced and can get back to putting the pieces of your life back together.
Don’t File for Divorce Until You’re Ready for It
Getting a divorce can be extremely stressful. Many people who have gone through the divorce process say it’s one of the most stressful things they’ve ever had to do.
If you’re preparing to file for divorce, you should be aware of the fact that your life is going to change forever. You should also prepare for everything the divorce process might throw at you so that you don’t get caught off guard by it at any point.
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