A PATH FORWARD
The Divorce Process
Planning, Advisement & Filing
Providing a Typical Timeline
While each case is different, the path towards the finalization of your divorce will follow a set route.
What follows is a timeline starting on the day a Petition for Dissolution of Marriage is filed with the Court:
Day 1: Petition of Dissolution of Marriage
- Rachel A. Michael, LLC files Petition with the Court
- Party who initiates the filing is the “Petitioner”
- Receiving Party is the Respondent
- The Parties may file as “Co-Petitioners”
- Petition is Electronically Filed with the Court
Day 10: Service of Petition of Dissolution of Marriage
- Unless the Petition is filed Jointly, the other Party must be personally served with the Petition or sign a Waiver of Personal Service. Service is usually completed by a private process server.
- Service of the Petition starts the 91-day clock before a Court can order a final Divorce Decree
Day 30: Financial Disclosures
- Each Party much complete a Sworn Financial Statement and provide complete Financial Disclosures (tax returns, bank statements, investment accounts, childcare expenses, etc.)
- Financial Disclosures are mandatory in all cases.
Day 40: Initial Status Conference (ISC)
- Parties appear at Court with their attorneys (if represented) to speak with the Family Court Facilitator (FCF).
- The FCF will set deadlines for Disclosures, Appointment of Experts and schedule a Temporary Orders Hearing if necessary.
- The ISC generally lasts 10-15 minutes. The Parties do not appear before a Judge.
Day 40 and beyond: Discovery
- Certain cases require additional disclosures or information. A Party may engage in the following investigatory process:
- Request for Production of Documents
- Physical and Mental Examination of Person
- Request for Admissions
Day 50: Temporary Orders Hearing
- Any pressing issues that cannot wait until the Permanent Orders Hearing may be address at the Temporary Orders Hearing (TPO).
- Such issues may include but are not limited to:
- A Spouse withholding financial support
- Dispute regarding the which Party may continue to reside at the Marital Residence
- Parenting Time
Day 91 and Beyond:
- Court may finalize divorce if there are no issues in dispute
Day 180 and Beyond: Permanent Orders Hearing
- Unresolved issues are determined by a Judge
- Each side is permitted to provide testimony and evidence
- Judge issues final Orders and Divorce Decree
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