Common Steps in Divorce Process
Divorce, like all legal proceedings, has specific steps that must be followed for it to proceed through the court system for approval. Each of these steps must be followed and completed in order, or the court can refuse to hear the case.
The first step is to file a Petition for Divorce. This is when one person notifies the court formally that they desire a divorce. The paperwork must be completed in the jurisdiction that the petitioner resides in, and then the other party must be served the paperwork for official notification.
You do not have to be married in the state where you filed for divorce. However, there are residency requirements in most counties before you can petition for divorce so that jurisdiction can be established.
Once the Petition for Divorce is filed, and the other party is officially notified, they have a right to file a response to the Petition. Once this occurs, both parties generally begin the negotiation process. These negotiations will take place with our OKC divorce attorney present in most cases.
The negotiation process will determine the division of assets and debts from the marriage. It will also determine if any spousal support is due and the amount and length of time it will be paid. Any other special provisions regarding assets, debts, and support will be worked out at this time.
If there are minor children of the marriage, the next step in the divorce process will be concerning the welfare of the children. Visitation rights, support, and other family concerns will be addressed. All custody and support issues must be approved by the court.
Once all of these issues have been addressed, the final request for divorce will be presented to the judge for approval. Once approved, the divorce will be finalized.
Divorce proceedings can become complicated. Emotions run very high for both parties, and mistakes can be made. Hiring an OKC divorce attorney to manage your case will keep the process running smoothly and protect your rights during the divorce.