Divorce Information

This page serves to answer some frequently asked questions about divorce and the process.  For aditional information, please contact Lisa J.Thiele.

I have been served, now what?  An Answer needs to be filed with the Court and with the other attorney within the required time period.  If no Answer is filed, your spouse can move forward with the divorce without any further notice to you.

I have a court date for Temporary Orders, what is this?  A Temporary order hearing is for the Court to determine conservatorship, visitation, finances, usage of property, child support, spousal support, and other issues while the divorce is pending.

Do I ned a lawyer?  Each person has to decide whether or not they are going to hire a lawyer.  Remember, the Court will hold you to the same rules and requirements as an attorney.

How long until I am divorced?  The Original Petition for Divorce has to be on file for at least 60 days before the Court can finalize a divorce.  Depending upon if and when the parties reach an agreement, will determine when the divorce can be finalized.  If no agreement, then a Trial date will be set and the Court will have to hear the case and rule.

Do I have to attend Mediation?  Mediation is when the parties meet with a mediator to see if the mediator can help broker an agreement.  Almost all courts require mediation before the Court will hear a contested case.  Many courts require mediaiton before a contested Temporary Orders hearing.  The mediator charges a fee to both parties.

What is an uncontested divorce versus a contested divorce?  An uncontested divorce is when both parties have an agreement on all issues and will sign the documents.   A contested divorce is when the parties disagree on one or more issues.

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