What Happens if My Spouse Files a Response or Answer in a Divorce

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What Happens if My Spouse Files a Response or Answer in a Divorce

Post  Admin on Wed Oct 30, 2013 3:23 pm

If a response is filed you have a few options.

If a Response is filed but both parties reach an agreement as to all issues, they can submit agreement paperwork that sets forth all of their agreements for the judge to sign.

If your spouse does not want the divorce, they may request that the parties attend a conciliation meeting with the court. The divorce will be put on hold for up to 60 days while that meeting takes place. If the meeting does not result in the parties agreeing to postpone the divorce, the divorce will go forward.

What happens if my spouse and I do not agree on something during the divorce proceedings?

If you and your spouse do not agree on a particular issue, such as custody of children, spousal maintenance, or division of property, it may be necessary to have a judge decide these issues for you. You must then request a trial in order to finalize your divorce.

Can I get temporary orders while the case is pending?

While your divorce is pending, you may apply for temporary orders regarding custody, parenting time, child support, spousal maintenance, attorney fees, and other matters. The procedure to request a hearing for temporary matters varies from county to county.

What if my spouse has committed domestic violence or may become violent?

If your spouse has committed domestic violence or may become violent during the dissolution proceedings, you may apply for an Order of Protection. The forms for an Order of Protection are available for free at any Superior Court, Justice of the Peace Court or City Court. You will see a judicial officer on the same day that you fill out the Petition for Order of Protection. There is no charge to apply for an Order of Protection.
Always call 911 in an emergency.


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