Divorce Roadmap
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Divorce Roadmap

Going through a divorce is never easy, but the process is pretty straightforward. State law outlines a step-by-step process, which must be followed in all divorce cases. Outlined below is an overview of how the process works.

Filing The Petition

The step into the unknown. We file legal papers in court saying what the action includes: the parties, divorce or legal separation, support and custody of children, your home, retirement assets, etc.

Serving The Subpoena

Take care of yourself. It’s best to tell your spouse you filed for divorce before a stranger hands them the subpoena. Surprise attack is never a good strategy. It can lead to explosive violence. If so, call the police.

The Response

Reality sets in. Your spouse has 30 days to file an answer to the petition. They may hire a lawyer to represent them. Their response will tell us whether they agree or disagree with what you said in your petition.

Interim Orders

In between the end and beginning. If not already decided between the spouses, we will ask the judge for temporary orders to maintain the status quo while the divorce is proceeding. Housing, custody of kids and bill paying.

Trial Or Settlement

Getting to the beginning of the end. Spouses often settle their differences going forward. This is the best route for their children. A written agreement is signed and filed with the court. If a trial is needed, the judge decides.

After The Judgment

The end of the rainbow. The parties work together to make the judgment a reality. Deeds are signed, retirement assets are divided, child visitation schedules begin, and child and spousal support are paid or withheld.

Contact Rita Holder Law To Learn More

If you need more information on the process of filing for divorce, contact our law firm to set up a free initial consultation. Call 925-401-7885 or fill out our online contact form.