What to Expect in Divorce
Learn About the Stages from Bowen & Associates, LLC
Divorce can often be a time-consuming process, and exhausts many of us not only physically, but financially and emotionally as well. If you are exploring the option of divorce, it is best that you understand the laws so that you are prepared for what may lie ahead.
The Process of Divorce in Indiana
Unless you and your spouse have already worked out the terms of your divorce prior to filing, or you believe you and your spouse will not encounter too many bumps in the road. The divorce process can take as much as one year or as little as six months. It is highly advisable that you retain a lawyer who can be compassionate towards your personal feelings, but also knows what how to handle the legal and business aspects.
Divorce can be a complex area of law. Here is an outline of the step-by-step process:
- One spouse files the petition for divorce. In Indiana, divorces can only be granted if there are valid grounds. Here is one example: the marriage is irretrievably broken, which means there is no chance of reconciliation.
- One spouse serves the other spouse with the divorce papers. The spouse then has 60 days to file a response.
- Both spouses must submit to mandatory disclosure of all assets, properties, and other possessions.
- Both spouses will then have the chance to seek relief by filing for temporary alimony, child support, child custody, or visitation.
- A judge may wish couples to resolve their divorce matters in mediation. This allows you and your spouse the ability to resolve matters with a neutral mediator present. All matters can be resolved amicably, and are kept out of court and confidential.
- If there are any remaining issues that cannot be resolved through mediation, the case will then go to trial. You must provide evidence during the trial demonstrating why you should expect to receive alimony, custody, or child support based on your terms.
We Prepare You for the Road Ahead
At Bowen & Associates, LLC, we have over a decade of experience, and we know the emotional impact of divorce. It is not uncommon for our clients to experience many different types of emotions, including anger, stress, frustration, and even sadness and guilty. Remember, though, that as you turn the page on one chapter of your life, a new one will begin. Our lawyers can align you with your goals for the future, one step at a time.