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I Want a Divorce. What Do I Need to Know?

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If you have decided to divorce, doing some research is the logical next step. Below are a few factors to get you started.

Preparing for Divorce

First Steps in Preparing for Divorce: Practical Aspects to Consider, including Separation and Living Arrangementse

The first step in preparing for divorce is considering the practical aspects such as separation and living arrangements. You will need to decide whether you will continue to live together or separately during the divorce process. If choosing to live separately, consider factors like proximity to work or school and access to friends and family. Make sure to think about the financial implications of maintaining two households. It’s vital to ensure that you can maintain your quality of life during this transition.

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Identifying the Divorce Process and Legal Consultation

After addressing the initial practical considerations, the next step in preparing for divorce involves understanding the divorce process and seeking legal counsel. A consultation with a divorce lawyer can shed light on the specific laws and proceedings in your state. This exchange will provide you with vital information such as the type of divorce you will file – whether it’s a ‘no-fault’ divorce or a ‘fault’ divorce – and any state-specific regulations that may influence your case.

The lawyer will work closely with you to navigate through this complex web of legalities. It’s essential to communicate openly with your lawyer, providing all relevant details to help them craft a comprehensive strategy. This can significantly impact the steps you take in your divorce process, ultimately influencing the outcome of your case.

For example, you’ll need to think about whether you want to file a fault or no-fault divorce. Some states are no-fault only, so your jurisdiction is important here. “Grounds for divorce” is a term that refers to your reasoning for the divorce. Traditional grounds for divorce include things like adultery, abandonment and cruelty.

Each state has some version of no-fault divorce, which means that couples may seek a divorce without grounds or an explanation. No-fault divorces tend to be less expensive and less contentious than fault-based divorces. For example, No-fault divorces became part of Pennsylvania’s legal code in 1980.

Spouses who live in the same county can file for divorce in that county. Those who each live in a different county may file in either county. However, if child custody is involved, the couple must file in the county where the children reside or where they resided in the previous six months if a parent still resides there.

Timeframe and Cost:

Divorce experiences vary. The duration depends on mutual consent. Quick resolutions are possible with prompt financial settlements. Contested divorces take longer with trials and additional steps. Efficient legal representation is crucial for a smooth process.

The cost of your divorce is determined by mutual consent. More disputes lead to increased time and expenses.

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Related Resources

We offer a wide range of resources specifically focused on planning for divorce, preparing financially, understanding laws and processes, and defining important terms. Our website provides valuable content such as videos, ebooks, and articles to help you navigate these aspects of divorce with a focus on protecting your finances and ensuring the best outcomes for you and your children. We share answers to common questions such as what is a family law attorney?, why you may want to avoid a DIY divorce, along with practical advice about preparing, planning and keeping your head up during divorce Our legal team at Petrelli Previtera, LLC is here to support you and provide expert advice, representation, and guidance throughout the entire process.

Need Advice? We’re Here.

Our divorce lawyers are available for same-day, no-obligation consultations. During our first meeting, we will answer your questions and identify your goals and any potential obstacles. We’ll also discuss issues such as parental rights and division of property, and our team will advise you on protecting your assets. If you decide to retain us as your counsel, we can we can begin the process immediately after the first meeting.

We know that divorce is a major life change. Understanding what to expect is critical to success. When you are ready to speak with an experienced lawyer about moving forward, feel free to contact our firm by calling 866-465-5395 or scheduling an appointment online.

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