So, you've received a petition for divorce from your spouse. Whether you expected it or not, you may be left wondering what your next steps are. Whether you want to reconcile with your spouse or finalize the end of your marriage, today's blog gives you the information you need to pursue the best outcome in your case.
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For Uncontested Divorces: Ensure the Petition Is Correct
If you and your spouse agreed to have an uncontested divorce, then receiving a petition for divorce from them shouldn't necessarily come as a surprise. In many uncontested divorces, the couples agree on the terms for their divorce through a divorce agreement, which both parties sign. The terms of that agreement are then contained in the divorce petition.
The respondent (you) may then choose to waive their right to respond, allowing the divorce to proceed uncontested.
If you're engaging in an uncontested divorce, then you'll want to go over the petition with your attorney and ensure it's correct. If it is, you can proceed as planned. If something's wrong, you can file a response and take the necessary steps to correct the issue.
For Contested Divorces, File Your Response
Now, let's say you're willfully (or unwillingly) engaging in a contested divorce. If you receive a petition for divorce from the other party, your next step is filling out a response. The response form contains your terms for the divorce and acknowledges your receipt of the divorce petition.
If you don't file a response, the divorce may proceed without your consent after a certain amount of time, otherwise known as a “default” divorce. Obtaining an attorney before filing a response is suggested in the majority of divorces.
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