A divorce isn’t a sign of failure. In most cases it shows that you’ve realized that you and your spouse will make better progress in life if you’re separated.
Getting to this place can be a painstaking journey and not one without its own trials and tribulations. So, when you finally do decide that this is the best way forward you wouldn’t want another hurdle thrown your way.
But how do you make the process of getting a divorce easier?
You partner with the right people who’ll assist you along the way. People who are willing to find solutions so that you can start a new chapter in your life without the baggage and “drama” associated with messy divorces.
Over 2 million Americans are expected to get a divorce this year alone. So, you’re definitely not alone. To help you get through this first chapter we’ve created a guide explaining the process of divorce.
How to Get A Divorce:
The process of getting a divorce isn’t as lengthy as portrayed on television and in movies. In fact, getting a divorce can be a very straight forward process if you and your spouse can agree to the terms. Having said that, we’ve outlined (in 3 simple steps) what this process would look like.
Step 1: Determine Whether You’ll Need A Lawyer Or A Legal Document Preparer
It isn’t always necessary to use a divorce lawyer to get a divorce. Simply asking the right questions and getting help from document preparers who will ensure your interests are represented should be enough. However, there are cases where you may want to seek assistance from an attorney, especially if your spouse will not be cooperating.
To start the process you can sit down with a legal document preparer and iron out the following:
- Assets (property, savings, investments etc)
- Spousal Support
- Legal Decision Making
- Child Support
- Parenting Time
Step 2: File For Divorce
You’ll then need to file a petition that will set the divorce in motion. Once you’ve filed your petition you will need to have the filed documents served on your spouse. After service your spouse will be given the opportunity to respond.
Step 3: Finalize the Process and Appear Before the Judge
The final step would be for you and your spouse to finalize your divorce. Decide on how everything will be divided and complete the paperwork. If you cannot come to an arrangement in this way you’ll need to attend a hearing where both you and your spouse will have an opportunity to present evidence that supports your petition for divorce. The judge will then decide how everything is divided and grant you a divorce.
What Is An Uncontested Divorce?
Put simply an uncontested divorce is where both parties agree on the terms of a divorce. This includes what will be done with assets and debt as well as how you’ll handle custody, and child and spousal support. If you and your partner can agree on all the terms there’s no need to appear before a judge. Once you’ve filed the necessary paperwork a judge will review the documents and will sign off on it if they feel the agreement is fair.