Divorce can be confusing and overwhelming. Rest assured, you are not alone. Sometimes the process is difficult to understand or a little intimidating — let’s clear things up a bit.
Standard procedures for a divorce include planning, asset allocation, and spousal or child support. When handling assets or drafting agreements for support conditions, it is strongly advised to consult a local divorce lawyer for answers to questions and further assistance.
Filing a petition formally initiates divorce procedures. Depending on your area, you may have to file some other paperwork, like a divorce summons notifying your spouse of the legal process, documents regarding your children and expenses related to them, and information on income and assets.
There are many benefits to having the fresh perspective of a mediator, divorce lawyer, etc. Two key benefits are security and peace of mind. It is important to have someone reliable you can contact for advice — someone on your side who does this day in and day out.
It is important to find out what the requirements for divorce are in your state and/or district. At times there are residency conditions to meet or grounds for divorce to consider before filing. Search your county laws and confirm what your local requirements for divorce are, if any.
Most affidavits and worksheets related to divorce proceedings center around finances and child custody/support. Forms are generally available for download on your state court’s .org website. Once there you will have access to resources and services on the procedures for a divorce. Consult the site on what paperwork to prepare and other actions to take before heading to court.
Each state has its unique way of managing divorce cases. For example, in Florida, a ‘simplified dissolution of marriage’ can be filed when you have no children, are not pregnant, agree on asset division, and no party is requesting support. Also known as an uncontested divorce. Once you have determined how best to move forward, it is important to plan for this arduous process.
Typically, both parties agree to some sort of parental or financial plan. Taking care on this step facilitates asset distribution and spousal / child support.
This is a delicate part of the process and a common source of discord. However, consulting a divorce lawyer is highly recommended to ensure assets are properly distributed.
Depending on the financial situation, support may be requested. When and if applicable, support may be agreed to for a period of time and sometimes indefinitely.
It may be hard to move on and cope after getting a divorce. Check online for resources available such as counseling, financial assistance, and further reading materials.
This is just a walkthrough on some of the general procedures for a divorce. The best practice is to plan thoroughly, seek help when needed, and be patient. Keep in mind: you are not alone.
Contact a local divorce lawyer or the clerk of courts for more details on divorce procedures.