File document / complaint
File your petition for divorce or dissolution of marriage with the appropriate court. You can obtain the petition either on your state's family law website or by calling the Clerk of Court. Be sure to check with the clerk to see if any financial affidavits or other attachments are required to be submitted with your petition.
Send doc to someone
Serve your spouse with the petition and a summons. Be sure to check your state laws to know how to properly serve someone. Most states allow for service via certified mail, return receipt requested.
Your spouse will need to file a response either accepting or rejecting the statements in your petition. Then your case will be scheduled for a hearing. If your spouse fails to respond, you may receive a default judgment in your favor.
Finalize the terms of your divorce settlement agreement and submit it to the in judge time for review. If the judge finds the divorce settlement agreement fair and there are no other issues to decide, then the judge will grant your divorce. If the divorce is contested by one of the spouses or the judge finds the divorce settlement agreement to not be fair, then the process may take longer and you may be required to attend multiple hearings.
LegalNature’s divorce settlement agreement helps make the divorce process more manageable by clarifying the parties’ needs and expectations. Review this guide for an overview of creating a divorce settlement agreement to be used when filing for divorce.
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