Each county, and sometimes each court, does things a little bit differently. You should check with your local attorneys for complete information.
Our legal team can help you understand the process, your options, and assist you in selecting the options that are best for your circumstances. Our firm will help you analyze and pursue your interests throughout the following steps:
1. We can help you decide how to file. Will you start the action on your own as the petitioner? Or, will you and your spouse sign the documents together and file the action jointly?
2. We can help you file the divorce. The summons and petition (or joint petition) for divorce or legal separation and confidential petition addendum must be filed with the court and appropriate fees paid to the Clerk of Circuit Court.
3. We can help you decide whether you need a temporary order. A temporary order is a court enforceable outline of the rights, responsibilities and obligations of parties undergoing the divorce process. We can help you pursue a temporary order if you and your spouse cannot agree on the following issues:
- Child Custody
- Use of automobiles or other personal property
- Child Placement Payment of bills
- Child Support Payment of maintenance or spousal support
- Use of the family residence
4. We can help you serve the necessary paperwork for divorce and temporary order on your spouse. A court cannot hear the action until your spouse is provided with copies of the materials and proof of that service must be filed with the Clerk of Circuit Court.
5. We can represent you and your interests at a temporary order hearing. We can assist you in negotiating a stipulated temporary order (agreed upon order) or if needed we can advance your positions and arguments at a contested hearing before the court.
6. We can help you through the divorce process. Is your case languishing? Waiting for a final hearing? Our legal team has the knowledge to assist you in obtaining the necessary pretrial information, pretrial orders, and scheduling to complete your divorce as efficiently as possible. We can help get you to final hearing in a manner that advances your interests.
7. We can help you prepare, negotiate and finalize all the paperwork for your final divorce. These documents include:
- Marital Settlement Agreement (if you and your spouse can agree on everything) or a Proposed Marital Settlement Order (if you don’t agree).
- Financial Disclosure Statements
- Findings of Fact, Conclusions of Law, and Judgment of Divorce
- Vital Statistics Form (from the Clerk of Circuit Court office).
8. We can help you at the final hearing whether its contested, partially stipulated/contested, or a full agreement.
9. We can help you complete any post divorce work or documents after the final hearing. We will assist you in the preparation and transmission of deeds, titles, and the documents needed to divide retirement accounts such as pensions, 401ks and IRAs.
Call Petit & Dommershausen, SC today. 920-739-9900.