The divorce process begins when one party files an “Original Petition for Divorce” which is a legal document that explains to the court that a divorce is being sought. After the complaint is filed, a copy of the complaint must then be served on the opposing party. Afterward, the opposing party will have 20 days to file an “answer,” which is essentially a response to the complaint.
The areas that must be resolved in a divorce are:
- Child Custody
- Child Support
- Equitable Division of Assets and Liabilities
One of the first things that you will need to consider is whether your divorce will be contested, or uncontested. If any of the items listed above is in debate, then the divorce will be considered contested.
Just because your case starts out contested, does not mean that it has to remain that way. In particular, there are several options to resolve disputed issues within a divorce. The parties can attempt to resolve their differences in numerous formal and informal ways including settlement conferences, mediation, and either (or both) early case and late case evaluations. If these mechanisms are unsuccessful, however, your contested case will continue through the litigation system. The attorneys at Daniels Law Firm will protect your interest and guide you through each step along the way.
Divorces are stressful. At The Daniels Law Firm we always fight to deliver the best possible outcome for your case, while keeping you informed every step of the way. Contact us or call today for a free phone consultation. (832) 960-7112