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What to expect after filing for divorce

On Behalf of | Feb 26, 2024 | Divorce

Filing for divorce marks the beginning of a significant life transition. If you do not know what to expect during the proceedings, you may go through unnecessary additional stress.

Navigating the complexities of a divorce requires patience, understanding and preparation, and it is important to understand the process.

Steps in divorce proceedings

There are several key steps in the divorce process:

  • Filing for divorce: One spouse initiates the divorce process by filing a petition with the court. The petition outlines the grounds for divorce and any requests for child custody, support or division of property.
  • Serving divorce papers: A process server or sheriff’s deputy typically serves the divorce papers to the other spouse. Once served, the receiving spouse has a specified period to respond to the petition.
  • Discovery: Both spouses exchange information and documentation relevant to the divorce, including financial records, assets and liabilities. This step helps ensure transparency and fairness in the division of property and assets.
  • Negotiation and mediation: Spouses may attempt to negotiate agreements on issues like child custody, support and property division through mediation or informal negotiations. Mediation involves working with a neutral third party to facilitate discussions and reach mutually acceptable resolutions.

Every marriage and situation is unique. Your divorce process may include different steps or requirements.

Potential issues

Several potential issues may arise during the divorce process. Disagreements over child custody arrangements and child support obligations can be emotionally charged.

Dividing property, assets and debts acquired during the marriage often causes disagreements or arguments. Determining whether one spouse will pay support to the other, and if so, how much and for how long, can be another point of contention.

Knowledge helps

When you understand the divorce process, you can better navigate each step with clarity and composure, which will help you build a strong foundation for your future.