Every state has specific guidelines for the divorce settlement, but, in general, the process is the same in every state. Making the decision to file for divorce is a difficult one for most people. Often, once the choice has been made to file for divorce, both parties want it over with as soon as possible.
Unfortunately, there are no shortcuts to having your divorce finalized. Every divorce starts with filing the necessary paperwork and waiting for a court date. You will both have to appear in court and state that you are there willingly and that you agree with the settlement as presented to the court. Only then can your divorce be final.
While you cannot skip any of the steps in the process, there are ways to have your divorce final much sooner and save money, too. If you and your spouse agree to have an amicable divorce, or one in which you work together to reach a settlement, you can save tons of money in lawyer fees. You can print the required forms from the internet if you don’t want to hire an attorney to do the paperwork for you.
Even if you choose to fill out your own paperwork, you should have an attorney look over your settlement before you file it with your local clerk of court office. This may seem like a waste of money, but there are many factors involved in the settlement and you may not think about all of them as you fill out the forms. An attorney can be sure that even your “future self” is protected in the settlement. Your divorce agreement will affect the rest of your life and you need to be sure everything you need is in it.
Once the paperwork is filed and the necessary fees paid, you will need to wait for a response from the court. Depending on the calendar, it may take several weeks to get a court date. During this time, give yourself time to begin the healing process and do not rush to make any decisions. Even if you were the one who wanted the divorce, you may be surprised at how actually filing the papers will affect you.
After your court appearance, the judge or magistrate will sign the paperwork and issue a divorce decree. Make sure you keep your copy in a safe place as you will need it in the future for many reasons. Once your divorce is final, take plenty of time to heal before you move on to a happier life.
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