I Need to Get a Divorce What Is the First Step?

shutterstock_2422927751The first step, when it comes time to deal with a divorce, is to seek the best, competent, legal advice that you can get from an attorney that hasn’t only been practicing three or four years. Hopefully from an attorney, like our firm, that has in excess of 100 years of legal experience in litigating any matters of divorce and custody.

It is imperative for you to become educated as to your rights, your obligations, and potential liabilities before the divorce is commenced. It is important for you to meet with an attorney that not only knows the law but knows the courthouse, the personnel, the judges that you’ll be appearing in front of; their idiosyncrasies, their likes, their do’s and don’ts. That way you can maximize the efficiency of your relationship with your attorney, and present your case in the most favorable light, for the most favorable advantage.

After meeting with an experienced attorney and officially filing for divorce, your spouse will be served with a divorce summons, notifying them that you have made the decision to go ahead with the divorce process. They have to answer the summons within 20 days and then the divorce proceedings will commence.

From there, you and your spouse will follow the next steps to become legally divorced. The assets will be divided, custody agreements will be made and hopefully within 4-6 months, the divorce will be finalized. Depending on your particular situation, the divorce could take a longer amount of time but when things run smoothly, it will usually take well under a year.

If you are in need of legal counsel, please contact The Penichet Firm and we will be happy to assist you in your family and criminal law matters.