Practice English Speaking&Listening with: The Divorce Process

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the divorce process if you have decided to get a divorce

you may be wondering how it all works you have a couple of different options when

starting the process

you can hire an attorney or represent yourself

many courthouses have self help centers or paperwork designed to help people who

are representing themselves

instead of hiring an attorney

first, you must file a complaint the complaint gives the court the right to hear the case

it also tells the court why you the plaintiff want to be divorced

and what you want to happen in the divorce once you file the complaint

you must then make sure that your spouse

is served with a copy of the paperwork normally by having a select individual

personally hand your spouse

a copy of the complaint and summons or

having it delivered by certified mail once your spouse

is served they can file an answer and counterclaim responding to what you have

presented in your complaint which will tell the court what

they would like then the case progresses to a

temporary orders hearing in which the court will make

orders regarding possession of the marital residence

custody child support and spousal support for the duration of the case

during the case you will have the opportunity to go through

a discovery process which means you'll be able to ask your spouse for

information

documents and receive answers to questions that are

relevant to the divorce complaint throughout this process

you are free to reach agreements with your spouse

which can then be submitted to the court

if you do not reach an agreement the case will

end with a trial in which both sides have the chance to present

evidence call witnesses and prove

what they claim the entire process can take anywhere from a few weeks to

more than a year depending on how much you and your spouse

disagree on things

The Description of The Divorce Process