Deciding to end their marriage is one of the toughest decisions that couples can make. There are many people who will get affected but the biggest impact of the planned divorce are the children. Couples decide to get divorced if they can no longer resolve their differences. Although the ultimate goal is to make the marriage last, it can be hard to do that if the married couple no longer have love for each other.
Raleigh divorce lawyers will tell you that filing for divorce can be a difficult process. It will entail a lot of paperwork, court hearings, and others. If the divorcing couple have children and properties to divide, the process becomes even more difficult. The process starts with the filing of a petition for divorce. The petition should state the grounds for the filing of divorce. Valid reasons include “irreconcilable differences,” adultery or abandonment.
After the filing of the petition comes the issuance of temporary orders. This is especially true in child custody issues or financial support. The temporary order is usually approved a few days after the filing and is valid until a court hearing takes place. If the party seeking temporary order is the one who filed the petition, it should be filed at the same time. Otherwise, the request should be filed as soon as possible.
Next, the spouse who filed for divorce should also file proof of service of process. This is a document that proves that a copy of the petition was already forwarded to the other party. If there is a mutual agreement on the divorce, it is best for the filing spouse to arrange a service of process to the other party’s attorney. Service of process can either be dignified or undignified or somewhere in between.
The next step is the response from the party who receives the service of process. It the petition was based on fault grounds and the responding party wants to dispute those grounds, they should properly address it in the response. If there is a disagreement with the terms of property division, support, custody, and other matters, it should be properly stated on the response.
If the spouses do not agree with all the issues, negotiation is necessary for the settlement of differences. If the issue of disagreement is child custody or visitation, mediation may be necessary. Division of property and spousal support may also require negotiation.
All unresolved issues will have to be resolved at a trial. The downside of this is that it will take more time and money so it is recommended to avoid going to trial.
Finally, when all the issues at hand have been resolved, the court issues an order of dissolution effectively ending the marriage. When the parties negotiated their own resolution to all the issues, they will submit a draft to the court for approval.Read More »