How divorce proceedings work

Step 1 : Filing the divorce petition

whether both spouses agree to the divorce or not, before any couple can begin the divorce process, one spouse must file a legal petition asking the court to terminate the marriage.

Step 2 : Asking for temporary orders

Courts understand that the waiting period for divorce may not be possible for all couple. When you file for divorce, the court allows you to ask the court for temporary court orders for child custody, child support , and spousal support.

Step 3 : Server your spouse and wait for a response

After you file the petition for divorce and request for temporary orders, you need to provide a copy of the paperwork to your spouse and file proof of service with the court.

Step 4 : Negotiate a Settlement

In cases where the parties have differing opinions on important topics , both parties will need to work together to reach an agreement.

Step 5 : Divorce Trial

If there are still issues that remain unsolved after mediation and other talks, the parties will need to ask the court for help, which means going to trial.

Step 6 : Finalising the judgement

The final step of divorce comes when the judge signs the judgement of divorce ( or “order of dissolution“ ) ends the marriage and spells out the specifics about how the couple will allocate custodial responsibility and parental time, child and spousal support, and how the couple will divide assets and debts.

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