First Steps When You’ve Been Served with Divorce Papers
Whether or not being served divorce papers came as a surprise, it is most likely going to be a very emotional and painful experience. It is important to be proactive, in order to protect yourself, your children, and your rights throughout the divorce process.
If you’ve been served and you don’t understand the documents you’ve received, you should consult with a family law attorney. They will be able to explain the documents to you and provide more information on what your next steps are based on your case’s individual complexities. Note that once you’ve been served, there are a number of deadlines, orders and injunctions that automatically go into effect. In order to take timely, responsive measures, and in order to ensure that you remain in compliance with these orders, it is important to act quickly.
You will also want to act quickly to gather all relevant information and documentation outlined in the Court’s Case Management Order, or requested by your attorney. If finances will be at issue, then this documentation will include, for example, tax returns, pay stubs, bank and credit card statements, retirement accounts and anything else that will give an accurate and comprehensive depiction of your assets and debts. If parenting time is at issue, you should also make sure you have copies of any pertinent documentation relevant to your children as well.
Being served with divorce papers can be scary and confusing but taking decisive action to protect yourself and your future is imperative. Being proactive will allow you to take control of the process and better prepare you for a fair path forward.
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