The process of filing for divorce is still a mystery to many people. If your marriage comes to an end, here is a list of step by step instructions on how you can start taking steps to finalize your divorce in a court of law.
1 - Make the decision that the marriage is over. You should have made previous attempts to salvage the marriage by entering couple's counseling and working with your partner to resolve you differences. If all else fails and you still cannot co-exist then you make the decision to end it and start the process of severing the ties.
2 - In order to file for divorce you need a divorce application that you can get from the county clerk's office. You can also fill out the forms with the assistance of a lawyer that specializes in divorce law.
3 - Decide if you want to file for a no-fault or fault divorce. A no-fault divorce requires a one year legal separation before the divorce is finalized in a court of law. Fault divorces are finalized as soon as a decision is handed down by the court and are typically filed when there is evidence of infidelity or major deception.
4 - Sit down with your partner and figure out if the terms of the divorce are amicable and if either party wants to contest the divorce. In the event of an uncontested divorce both partners agree and the divorce is filed with one application. In the event of a contested divorce you have a partner that cannot agree on the terms and you must file separately and a court of law will determine the terms or lawyers are forced to mediate on your behalf.
5 - Wait for the court of law to grant the divorce order, which could require a waiting period of a couple weeks before you can legally remarry someone.
When dealing in complicated divorce issues it is best to consult with a professional divorce lawyer that knows the law inside and out. A lawyer will be able to sit down and work with you one on one to go over all the details of your divorce case and can work out a legal strategy that will assist you in court. The lawyer can also mediate between you and your former spouse, so that you don't have to have direct communication during the process. Talk to experts like Reneer & Associates for more information.
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