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The basics of the divorce process

Getting married is a process. Even for those opting for a simple ceremony, planning is still required. Similarly, ending the union requires a process and planning as well. While a spouse’s frame of mind and emotions are vastly different in each process, the reality is that beginning and ending a marriage requires effort and a process.

Filing for divorce

For many, the details of a divorce are not fully known until they are moving forward with the process. Thus, it is likely they are unaware of the potential divorce issues that could arise. As such, it is important that you not only understand the steps of the divorce process, but also the mechanism available to you if or when an issue arises.

At Duenas Eden Cravatta, PLC, our law firm understands that the divorce process is a unique and often new experience for our clients. Thus, our experienced attorneys take the time to explain the basics of the divorce process, allowing our clients to feel more comfortable in an uncomfortable and emotional matter.

The divorce process

The divorce process can be broken down into six basic steps. The first is to consult with an attorney to gain a sense of your legal rights and options when it comes to your interest, concerns and goals. This is followed by the second step, which is to file a petition with the court.

Following the petition, a temporary order is established if it is deemed necessary. Most often, this is established when children are involved. The fourth step is to reach a settlement, if possible. If both parties can reach an agreement, this not only speeds up the process but also makes it more cost-effective.

If a settlement is not reached, then you move onto the fifth step, which is going to trial. When the parties cannot negotiate or mediate towards a resolution, the judge will be the decision-maker. The sixth and final step is getting a final divorce decree. Whether it is through a settlement, mediation or through litigation, a divorce needs to be declared official in an order for it to be complete.

Although the divorce process can be explained in six basic steps, the process is anything but basic. A divorce is a major life event filled with emotions and difficult decisions. Thus, it is important that you gain a full understanding of your situation and rights, seeking guidance from a legal professional when necessary.