Reeves Law Firm, P.C. | Roy L. Reeves
Hire a lawyer. Divorce can be a do-it-yourself affair but if your case is one that can be done alone, it is one that can be done with the two of you paying one lawyer to draft up all the documents and get it done right the first time.
Answer Applies to: Texas
Beaulier Law Office | Maury Beaulier
You may commence a divorce by serving and filing a Summons and Petition for Divorce setting out the facts and the relief you are requesting in the divorce proceeding. your spouse, the respondent, has thirty (30) days to file a response to that Petition indicating to the Court where they disagree. If they fail to file a timely response, you may file for a default judgment seeking an order based on your Petition. If your spouse responds to the Petition, the matter can be ended at any time when an agreement is reached, or, if it cannot be reached, in a trial of the issues.
Answer Applies to: Minnesota
Joanna Mitchell & Associates, P.A. | Joanna Mitchell
The first step should always be to consult an attorney in order to determine your potential rights, options and issues. Then, once you are fully informed, then you file (or hire an attorney to file for you) a petition for dissolution of marriage and serve that on the other party.
Answer Applies to: Florida
Fredric H. Aaron, Attorney at Law, P.C. | Fredric Harlan Aaron
You commence a divorce by filing a summons and complaint with the Supreme Court having jurisdiction over your place of residence or that of your spouse, and serving a copy of the summons and complaint on your spouse. Before going forward with any action in your divorce, you should consult an experienced matrimonial attorney to assist you in the process.
Answer Applies to: New York
AyerHoffman, LLP | Cara Lee Thompson
You will want to file a complaint for divorce and serve this complaint along with the summons issued by the court on your spouse. Although the rules and laws of your jurisdiction along with the court will dictate the progression of your divorce from there, you may want to consult an attorney who specializes in Family Law to ensure that your rights are protected.
Answer Applies to: Massachusetts
Donaldson Stewart, PC | Monica H. Donaldson Stewart
The first step in a divorce is to file a Petition for Dissolution. If you live in Maricopa County, you can obtain the forms/instructions at www.superiorcourt.maricopa.gov, self-service center. I recommend you consult with an attorney for additional information and guidance.
Answer Applies to: Arizona
Michael Apicella | Apicella Law and Mediation
The first step to obtain a "judgment of marriage dissolution" in California is to file the following forms: (1) Petition for Marriage Dissolution (form FL-100); (2) Summons (form FL-110); and if you have minor children, (3) UCCJEA Declaration (form FL-105).
Answer Applies to: California
Law Office of Cassandra Savoy | Cassandra Savoy
You need to file a complaint. The complaint tells the court why you are filing, whether there are children, and whether there are assets of the marriage to be divided. Most people need a lawyer because the law in this area is quite nuanced and specialized.
Answer Applies to: New Jersey
Law Office of Michael W. Bugni | Jay W. Neff
The first step is to file and serve a summons and petition for dissolution of marriage. In addition, depending on what county you are in and the exact circumstances of your case, there may be a number of other documents to be file and served at the same time.
Answer Applies to: Washington
Marca Tanner Attorney at Law | Marca Tanner
The first step in obtaining a decree of divorce in the state of Utah is filing a Complaint for Decree of Divorce and getting a Summons from the court (you produce the Summons in triplicate, the court files it, you keep a copy, and you have one for the other party). This needs to be served on the other party, either by giving it to them directly along with a Summons and an Acceptance of Service document, or by having the Sheriff serve them the Complaint with a Summons. The Complaint needs to state that both or one of the parties live within the jurisdiction you're filing in, and have done so for at least 90 days prior to filing; that you are married, and the date you were married and city, county and state where you were married; whether there are any children of the marriage, and their initials and birthdates; and what your grounds for divorce arethis is usually irreconcilable differences. The Complaint then needs to spell out who should get physical and legal custody of the kids (if any); what child support will be, based on the State guidelines; who will provide medical insurance and how those expenses will be paid for the children; and how you think property should be divided (property includes both assets and debts.) This is just a bare-bones description. For more detailed information, you need to either contact an attorney, or go to the Utah State Courts website and look into their Self-help section.
Answer Applies to: Utah
Goldberg Jones | Zephyr Hill
Procedurally, the first step is filing a Petition for Dissolution of Marriage with the nearest family law court house. However, the REAL first step depends on your game plan and strategy. You should consult with an experienced family law attorney before you make this decision.
Answer Applies to: California