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How to File for Divorce

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Authored by Thea Tan in Divorce
Published on 01-11-2009

No one wants to go through a divorce. A couple does whatever it takes to keep their relationship intact. However, there are times when divorce becomes inevitable. Because of its serious consequences, divorce must be the last resort when trying to fix a relationship problem. The decision to file for divorce must be thought over several times before attempting to push through with the process.

To file a divorce, notify the court that you are going to proceed with the dissolution of your marriage. Give the impression that you are no longer able to make your marriage work and that it would be better to put it to an end. You will then file a summons and a petition in the court of your county. Make sure that you file your papers in the proper state and county. The final decision is left to the court.

Divorce takes long. Remember that the proceedings will drag on, considering all the issues that are brought up until a conclusion is reached. The length of time will vary depending on the arguments and settlements between parties. There will be different alternatives in a divorce proceeding. Just keep your intentions good and your mind open.

You may need to go to court in order to settle what is best for you and your family. Seeking a judge and letting him or her decide regarding matters on which both parties cannot arrive at a resolution is an option. Make sure that you are ready for whatever is the outcome.

It might also be necessary to hire a lawyer to handle the proceedings of your divorce. Make sure that you are represented well so you don’t put yourself at risk for exposing loose ends. Make sure that your story is heard; express your side clearly. There are many things that need to be decided in a divorce hearing and you want to do your best to have it ruled in your favor.

Do not make your divorce a messy one. Do not make it hard for the other person just to spite him or her. This will only add stress to you and may even hurt your case in the long run. Do what you can to make sure that the procedure is expedited and is fair to both parties and the children.

Because when all is said and done, they will still be the family with whom you once shared a significant part of your life.

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