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What to expect from the divorce process

On Behalf of | Nov 10, 2023 | Divorce |

When your marriage is over, there are various things in your life that you will have to adjust to and navigate that may feel overwhelming or confusing. For example, you may need to switch homes, or you may have to adjust to seeing your children less frequently. These are all changes that most people experience while going through a divorce, and you may feel nervous about what is ahead if you have decided to move forward with this.

It is important to know what to expect from the divorce process. This can help you make smart decisions that will truly be beneficial for your future, as well as understand what is ahead. This preparation is important, and it can be critical to helping you move forward through the divorce process with confidence and clarity.

Steps you will take during divorce

Each divorce is different, but there are certain steps that everyone going through this process will have to take. It is helpful to understand what these steps include and how you can make the best possible decisions for your future. The following are things you will need to do in order to complete your divorce and move forward with your future:

  • File the petition for divorce with the appropriate court
  • Request temporary orders for child custody, financial support and more
  • Provide the other party with a copy of this documentation, to which he or she will respond
  • Negotiate a settlement with the other spouse
  • Go to trial, if a settlement is not possible
  • Finalize the judgment and get court approval on the divorce order

Your divorce may look slightly different from this, depending on whether you will need to go to court, how contentious the process is or whether you decide to file a form of dispute resolution. Regardless of how your divorce goes, you will benefit from keeping your focus on the future at every step.

Your future starts now

The decisions you make during your Missouri divorce will impact you and your children for years to come. You will benefit from seeking experienced guidance at every step of this process, including as you consider settlement terms or negotiate with the other spouse. As you prepare for what is ahead, you may find it helpful to discuss your specific situation and concerns with an experienced professional.

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