Divorce is a lengthy process. There are a few major steps that you must take to go through it. If you want a legal separation, you would follow the same steps. If you separate, there is a waiting period before your divorce.
The key to successfully going through a divorce is to know the steps you need to take ahead of time. Here are the steps you must go through to get your divorce.
Start your case
To start your case, you must file for divorce with the courts and let your spouse know about it formally. Then, your spouse will respond by agreeing to participate or not.
Share financial information
If you filed for divorce first, you must share your financial information. Your spouse must also fill out this portion of the divorce forms if they decided to participate in the process.
Divvy up assets
Your next step is to divide your assets and debts as well as child care and spousal or child support. You can use mediation or agree to these things outside of the courts or you can let the state make these decisions for you.
The last step is the longest, but once you get through it, you are almost finished. Your last step is to submit your final paperwork and the court will dissolve your marriage.
If you have decided that you want a divorce, get started on these steps as soon as possible. That will help you get through it sooner so you can get your divorce.