Every marriage is different, so every divorcing couple will naturally reach their resolution in a different way. Depending on the length of the marriage, the assets involved, and the couple’s current relationship, the dissolution process can range from simple to complex. However, divorce does not need to be overwhelming.
A successful divorce would ideally accomplish the following goals:
- Ensure your rights, interests, and finances are protected during all stages of the divorce process and into the future
- File a clear, complete, and durable divorce agreement
- Maintain the best relationship possible with your ex-spouse
- Help you get you back to living your life with the least amount of stress involved
- Keep divorce costs as low as possible
At its core, dissolving a marriage requires the couple to take the five basic steps below.
- File a complaint form. This document is the official and legal start to the divorce. One person files the complaint and pays the appropriate fee at the appropriate county courthouse where legal pleadings are filed.
- Serve the complaint. After filing the forms, the completed documents must also be “served” to the other party within a set amount of time from the filing date. In Pennsylvania, the spouse must be served within 30 days. The court must also receive proof of service.
- File any requests for temporary relief. Divorce can be a long process. In the meantime, the divorcing couple may need to establish temporary legal agreements regarding custody and support of minor children, use of the home and/or vehicles, access to bank accounts, insurance policies, and more.
- Negotiate the terms of the divorce. Every couple will need to work out the exact terms of the divorce regarding their marital property as well as custody if they have children. Depending on the divorcing couple’s relationship, negotiation can happen solely between the spouses, or it may involve the help of a mediator and/or a lawyer.
- File the agreement. A legally binding, written agreement will detail all the terms and conditions of the divorce, including the future of the marital property. A final judgment or decree for divorce will then be granted by a judge.
Thankfully, there are numerous methods to accommodate divorcing couples in all types of situations. While some couples file together on their own, many more navigate the process with the help of experienced professionals.
Choosing the right method to take the necessary steps could save a divorcing couple a lot of time and money.
Get Started the Right Way
Beginning your marriage dissolution on the right foot is key to experiencing as little stress and conflict as possible. The team at Divorce Done Right is committed to helping divorcing couples identify the best route for reaching their goals and protecting their futures. Once we know which method is right for your situation, we can get started moving through the process.
Call (866) 337-4448 or fill out the online form to schedule a confidential consultation.