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The Legal Process

Introduction of The Legal Process: The legal process of obtaining a divorce begins by filing a complaint or summons with the court. The average length of time it takes to obtain a divorce ranges from three to fifteen months from the date of the complaint. The time span can vary due to local provisions and applicable state laws, but the most defining factor is the number of disputed issues that must be resolved.

The Legal Process of Divorce: The spouse that files the complaint or summons is referred to as the Plaintiff or in some states the Petitioner. The purpose of the complaint is to let the courts be aware of the request for divorce, but most important to make the Plaintiff's spouse aware through legal documentation.

Preparing for Court: Remember, one can never be over prepared for court. Beyond reviewing the specifics with the attorney, other essential responsibilities of the client play a very vital role. Here are basic rules of thumb that will allow the client and the attorney to work as a successful team.

Frequently Asked Questions About the Legal Process: If I file the initial complaint or summons do I have an advantage? Are there advantages to a no-fault divorce? Are there advantages to an Adversarial Divorce? These questions and more are answered in this section.