Divorce – Where Do I Start?
Every divorce is unique and the number and complexity of issues can greatly vary. Starting the process can be overwhelming and stressful, but it doesn't have to be. We help by providing a roadmap and navigating you through the journey every step of the way.
Educate & Decide
The first step is to meet with us and allow us to put you at greater ease. We will:
- Identify the issues in your case
- Explain the complexity of the issues
- Discuss your options
- Develop a plan of action to proceed forward that is in your best interest
We explore all of the options to determine how best to proceed to minimize stress, time, and fees. Our goal is to resolve divorces amicably, expediently, and in a manner that is more cost effective through mediation or by trying to settle through direct communications with your spouse (if self-represented) or your spouse’s attorney. Considering our understaffed court system a private judge often saves time and money, provides for more confidentiality, and allows for hearings in more comfortable settings. If litigation is the best option, you will have the confidence of knowing we consider the courthouse our "other office", as we are frequently there.
Together, we will identify and gather information needed to proceed.
Handling Initial Court filings
To commence any divorce, a Petition for Dissolution of Marriage must be filed with the court by one spouse. A Response is filed by the other spouse. In addition, either party may file a Request for Orders at that time or later on, for relief such as temporary custody orders and support, pending final resolution at trial or by settlement. We will get you started with necessary initial court filings.
“Thank you again for all you have done, and for your heart being in this too. You give people time to sort out the emotional blocks, putting a human touch on the legal work you do.”