Each month for one year, the Andersen Law PC blog will spell out the 12 steps of divorce.
In doing so, we will also track two divorcing couples making their way through the process.
Spoiler alert: Art and Angela Aingel take the high road. While divorce is not usually a fun process (I have yet to hear someone tell the judge at final orders, “Thank you, sir, may I have another?”), the Aingels have a relatively straightforward experience before moving forward with their separate lives. Meanwhile, Draco and Desdemona DeVille make choices that, while initially tempting, detour them down a bad road laden with unnecessary drama, painful court appearances and skyrocketing costs.
The following is a roadmap of the 12 steps of a divorce proceeding. And if you want to divorce in less than a year, feel free to call me with questions specific to your situation. I am happy to walk you through your own next steps and to answer questions in your complimentary initial phone or videoconference consult.
- January – serving and filing a petition for dissolution
- February – responding to the petition
- March – sworn financial statement, disclosures, and parenting classes
- April – initial status conference
- May – discovery and depositions
- June – professionals: CFI, PRE, vocational evaluator, appraisals
- July – motions to compel and telephone conferences
- August – temporary orders
- September – mediation
- October – parenting plans and separation agreements
- November – witnesses, pretrial deadlines and permanent orders
- December – QDROs and other post decree issues
FEBRUARY: “Now what? Responding to the Petition for Dissolution”
Former college buddies Art Aingel and Draco DeVille seemed to have less and less in common over the years — that is until they both found themselves on the receiving end of their respective wives’ divorce filings. Draco’s came first, so he was into the process sooner and had plenty of so-called “pointers” for his friend Art. Continue reading “12 STEPS OF DIVORCE: Step 2 – Responding to the Petition for Dissolution”