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What will happen during your divorce?

On Behalf of | Feb 19, 2024 | Family Law |

If you have recently made the decision to divorce, you know that your life is about to change in different ways. You may have to move, you may not see your children every day, and you will certainly experience changes in your financial situation. You know that divorce will impact everything, but that does not necessarily mean that you know exactly what to expect from the divorce process. It is important that you are aware of what to expect. 

Divorce in Pennsylvania is a complex legal and financial process, and preparation is critical. When you know what to expect, you will be in a better position from which you can defend your interests and make choices that will allow you to face what is ahead with confidence. Your life is about to change, but that does not mean that your future cannot be strong, stable and secure. 

The legal process of ending your marriage 

There is much more involved with the divorce process than simply deciding to end the relationship. You must make important legal and financial decisions that will affect you long-term. Typically, most couples start the divorce process by separating, which means you and your spouse will live in separate homes. While each divorce is different, it may follow the same basic steps, including: 

  • Determining the grounds for divorce and preparing the necessary paperwork 
  • Filing the divorce paperwork with the appropriate court, which must include information such as names, location of residence and more 
  • Serving the divorce petition to the other party, even if both parties know and agree to the divorce 
  • Allowing time for the other party to respond to the divorce petition 
  • Attending temporary hearings that will determine short-term custody, child support and spousal support 
  • Providing accurate information during discovery and negotiating terms of property division 
  • Agreeing to a settlement or going to trial if you cannot resolve issues out of court 

While your divorce will be unique to your specific situation, you can expect to walk through most of the above steps. If you are unsure of what to expect, have concerns about your interests or want to know about how you can fight for your preferred outcome, you will benefit from seeking the guidance and support of an experienced professional from the very beginning stages of your divorce.