How do I start a divorce? 11 Answers as of July 22, 2011

How do I start a divorce?

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Warner Center Law Offices of Donald F. Conviser
Warner Center Law Offices of Donald F. Conviser | Donald F. Conviser
The best way to start a divorce is to retain an experienced Family Law Attorney to represent you and file and handle your divorce. If you can't afford a lawyer, you should contact your local Superior Court (unlimited jurisdiction) and find out when and where that Court's self-help divorce clinic is available, and go there for assistance. The first step in a divorce is to prepare and file a Summons, Petition and whatever other document your county requires for assignment of the case to a particular Superior Court.
Answer Applies to: California
Replied: 7/22/2011
Law Office of Daniel B. Rubanowitz, APC
Law Office of Daniel B. Rubanowitz, APC | Daniel B. Rubanowitz
Before "starting" a divorce, you should speak to a Family Law Attorney to do some "divorce planning" because there are Standard Family Law Restraining Orders (see the Summons, Judicial Counsel Form FL-110, for details) which apply to a Petitioner once he/she files a Petition for Dissolution of Marriage and apply to a Respondent upon service of same.
Answer Applies to: California
Replied: 7/22/2011
Reeves Law Firm, P.C.
Reeves Law Firm, P.C. | Roy L. Reeves
All divorces start with a petition. In fact every lawsuit starts with a Petition, it is the document that ask the court for some action. However, my sincere advise is to hire a lawyer.
Answer Applies to: Texas
Replied: 7/20/2011
Law Office of Jackie Robert Geller
Law Office of Jackie Robert Geller | Jackie Robert Geller
Retain an experienced divorce attorney who will prepare all the necessary documents to start the divorce and help you see it through.
Answer Applies to: California
Replied: 7/21/2011
Wallin & Klarich: A Law Corporation
Wallin & Klarich: A Law Corporation | Paul Wallin
You pick up the phone and meet with an experienced family law attorney who will help you properly complete the forms so you don't make a major mistake. Go to wkfamilylaw.com for more information as to how to set an appointment.
Answer Applies to: California
Replied: 7/20/2011
    Michael Apicella
    Michael Apicella | Apicella Law and Mediation
    Here are some short and easy to read articles I've written that will answer your question: http://www.avvo.com/legal-guides/ugc/divorce-faqs?ref=result_1_title http://www.avvo.com/legal-guides/ugc/divorce-basics-2?ref=result_2_title
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 7/20/2011
    Glenn E. Tanner
    Glenn E. Tanner | Glenn E. Tanner
    You file a petition for dissolution of marriage at a superior court for the state of Washington.
    Answer Applies to: Washington
    Replied: 7/20/2011
    Law Office of Michael W. Bugni
    Law Office of Michael W. Bugni | Jay W. Neff
    A divorce is started by filing and serving on the other party a set of initial documents. Those documents will generally include at least the following: a confidential information form, a cover sheet, a vital stats form, a summons, and a petition. If there are children involved, there will also have to be sealed file financial documents, a financial declaration, and a proposed parenting plan. Accomplishing all of that is how a divorce is started.
    Answer Applies to: Washington
    Replied: 7/20/2011
    Law Offices of Paul A. Eads, A.P.C.
    Law Offices of Paul A. Eads, A.P.C. | Paul A. Eads
    Go the courthouse for the area for which you reside and ask them for a dissolution packet or you can hire a lawyer.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 7/20/2011
    Seattle Divorce Services
    Seattle Divorce Services | Michael V. Fancher
    Under Washington law you initiate a divorce by filing a petition for dissolution of marriage with the court. Unless you spouse has joined in the petition, you would then need to have it served on your spouse along with a summons.
    Answer Applies to: Washington
    Replied: 7/20/2011
    Beresford Booth PLLC
    Beresford Booth PLLC | S. Scott Burkhalter
    Generally, you file a petition for dissolution and other required legal forms in the county where you reside.
    Answer Applies to: Washington
    Replied: 7/20/2011
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