Does It Matter Who Files for Divorce?

Does It Matter Who Files for Divorce?

Divorce
In the big picture, no, it does not matter who files divorce first. However, if you take a deeper look, you’ll find that there are some advantages to being the one who starts the process. First, you can set out what you would like in the divorce petition, and your spouse would file a response including what they want (if it is different). This puts you in a proactive position instead of a reactive one. In some cases, this makes no difference - for instance, if you and your spouse agree on all relevant matters - but in others, it might give you an advantage. If you and your spouse are unable to settle property division, support, or child custody, and the case needs to go before the judge, the…
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First Steps to File for Divorce in 2022

First Steps to File for Divorce in 2022

Divorce
Once the holidays are over, and things go back to normal, many people decide it is time to file for divorce. Whether you held out during the holidays knowing you wanted a divorce or the stress of the holidays added conflict to your marriage, you should not hesitate to take the first steps toward this legal process. First of all, you should seek help from a Huntington Beach divorce lawyer. This is true even if you are not 100 percent sure you want to move forward with a divorce. Our law firm can explain the process to you, tell you what you might expect, and advise on steps you can take to prepare for a divorce. Sometimes, hearing about the process helps to solidify your decision one way or the…
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Are You Unsure About Your Divorce Case?

Are You Unsure About Your Divorce Case?

Divorce
Deciding to end your marriage is a life-changing decision, and many people understandably go back and forth on what they want to do. Do you file for divorce and move on? Do you keep trying to work on your marriage? This is a personal decision that only you can make. In some cases, you might be unsure about a divorce, and a Huntington Beach divorce lawyer can inform you of your options. Legal Separation Instead of ending your marriage completely, you might elect to seek a legal separation. This means that you live separately from your spouse, but also can have protections when it comes to finances and child custody. If you decide to reconcile, you can withdraw the legal separation. If you decide to proceed with a divorce, you…
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