Here are the steps in the process...
Complete Statistical Information
Fill out the statistical information by selecting the package that is most suitable for your situation. A conflict check will be completed, and if no conflict is found, the client will be contacted to set up a one hour custom consultation.
Complete Divorce Packet & Initial Consult
Client must download and complete the divorce packet and bring it along with payment in full to the consultation appointment. Both parties may attend; however, we will only represent the party who elects to be the “Petitioner.” The Petitioner will execute the retainer contract, pay the retainer fee, and is the only party we will give legal advice to. The alternative party would be the “Defendant.” No additional parties or children will be permitted. The parties should have an agreed settlement in mind, but the Petitioner is free to ask for advice on how to handle certain situations.
Draft Production and Review
Client will recieve a draft of their paperwork within 7 days. Review the documents and send over ONE round of edits. FINAL copy will be produced and delivered within 7 days.
Signing of Final Paperwork and Filing
The Petitioner, upon final agreement, will set an appointment to sign the paperwork for filing and pay the applicable filing fees. The Petition, Marital Dissolution Agreement and Summons are filed first. IF the parties have children, the permanent parenting plan, child support worksheet, and wage assignment (if needed) will also be filed.
Set Final Hearing
Once the defending party signs the Summons, we will file an Order to set final hearing. (60 days no children; 90 days with children). For divorces including children, both parties must complete a 4-hour certified parenting course and file the completion certificate with our office.
Petitioning party must attend final hearing to finalize the divorce. This process consists of an appearance before a local judge to answer a few questions and will take only a few minutes. The defending party does not have to attend, but can if they so choose.