Figuring Out How Simple or Complex Your Divorce Proceedings Will be
When you and your spouse are unhappy together, it can be a relief to discuss your decision to divorce. You will probably find out early on if you and your spouse have major disagreements about property division. In community states like California, the court awards each spouse half of the marital properties, but the parties sometimes disagree about which assets and debts are marital and which ones are separate. The best-case scenario for having a simple divorce is that the parties, together and separately, have so little property and so little debt that they qualify for a summary dissolution of marriage. The worst-case scenario is that your disputes are so irreconcilable that you need to hire lawyers. Most couples fall somewhere in the middle; you might be able to have a lawyer-free divorce even if you have children. Of course, if your spouse has skipped town and you cannot contact him or her, then default divorce is your only option.
Formally Serving Your Spouse with Divorce Papers
The divorce proceedings begin when you file for divorce and then serve your spouse with divorce papers. Serving your spouse means having someone besides you deliver the papers to your spouse in person, or, at least, making every reasonable effort to do so. If your spouse is truly incommunicado, then publishes notices in local newspapers, stating that you have filed for divorce, is a legally acceptable substitute for physically serving your spouse with divorce papers.
Waiting for Your Divorce to Go Through
Once you have submitted all the required paperwork, including a request for a final judgment, you must wait for the date that the court makes your divorce official. Even if a judge signs your divorce decree soon after receiving your request for a final judgment, the divorce cannot become official until six months and one day after you served your spouse with the divorce papers.
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Unless you are very wealthy or your spouse is a supervillain, hiring a registered legal document assistant is probably a better choice than hiring a lawyer. Contact A People’s Choice to get your divorce proceedings started. Call us today at 800-747-2780.
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