- Filing for original petition for divorce
This document will also contain information on the couple and their children along with the reason for divorce; this is usually listed as incompatibility or irreconcilable differences.
The document is then served on respondent wherein a member of the local sheriff’s office serves the petition. As soon as your spouse or you has been served the petition, you or your spouse now have 30 days to look for divorce lawyers and respond. It’s at this point that restraining orders are put in place.
- Temporary divorce orders
- Divorce discovery
Each side’s lawyers requests for certain items from the other side and a response must be given within 30 days.
Each side’s lawyers compile a list of questions for the other side and a response must be given within 30 days
3. admissions of fact
A written list of facts is compiled and sent to the other side where they must either confirm or deny each fact.
4. Request for production
A request of important documents such as bank statements, documents on income, etc to the other side. This is usually the part which takes longest to accomplish as it is usually plagued by delaying tactics.
Divorce lawyers will take sworn testimonies from the other side as well as important witnesses involved. Anything said in these testimonies can be used in court.
- Divorce mediation
For the lucky ones, this is as far as their divorce proceedings will go. During the mediation stage, the couple and their lawyers meet to discuss matters and try to come to a favorable agreement. A court appointed mediator will be present to negotiate settlements between parties. If the case cannot be settled at this point divorce fees will rise as the case will be make it's way to court for judgment.
- Divorce court
Once a judge makes a decision both parties will need to sign a final decree of divorce which lists how marital property is divided along with all important matters such as child support, alimony, etc.
Should you feel that the court orders on the divorce are unfair you may file a motion to appeal the order and request a new hearing. Your motion is filed under the same judge who gave the court orders so there is a good chance for the court to deny your motion. Once denied, you have the option to file another appeal with the state apellate court.