What do you think of when hear the word divorce? Do images of fighting and bickering in a courtroom, like you often see on TV programs, come to mind? Maybe a close friend or a loved has gone through divorce and his or her experience is what you think of in regards to divorce. The fact is no two divorces are exactly alike, and not all divorce cases go to trial.
In fact, according to WomansDivorce.com, the actual process of divorce will in large part by controlled by the two people involved. That means that how your divorce turns out will be up to you and your spouse and how you both choose to proceed. In any case, a divorce case typically begins when either you or your spouse serves the other with a Summons and Petition for Divorce. This essentially announces the fact that a divorce action is now underway.
After the summons and petition paperwork has been filed the other party typically has 30 days to answer the petition. Many times temporary hearings are held in order for certain issues to be resolved while the final divorce settlement is still pending. These hearings often involve such issues as temporary child custody and support, where both parties will reside, preventing financial improprieties by one or both spouses, and how assets will be used until the settlement is reached.
In some cases a couple may jointly decide to use mediation to resolve their divorce instead of going to trial. In other cases, the court may order couples to try mediation first. It’s also important to note that a couple can at any time throughout the divorce process decide to agree on a settlement before a judge has to make a ruling at a trial.