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Divorce (And Other Legal) Documents Online

Mar 11, 2008
A divorce is never easy, but it is possible to end a marriage amicably with little or no difficulty. However, this is not always true in the many cases. Divorce lawyers are usually the only ones that truly win in a long drawn out divorce proceeding, which tends to be extremely overwhelming for the parties involved both psychologically and financially. The longer it takes to settle a divorce, the longer the conflict continues, creating huge legal fees for both sides. If both parties agree during the divorce procedure, on the settlement and other pertinent matters within a reasonable amount of time, with little or no intervention from an attorney, then final dissolution can take place rather quickly, before the mandated waiting period is up in many cases.

First of all, when reconciliation fails and no other options remain, questions about the divorce procedure arise with many that need to be answered. A divorce usually starts with a divorce petition that is initiated by one spouse (the petitioner) and served on the other (the respondent). The petition, which includes pertinent information about the marriage, is also filed with the clerk of court in the county where the petitioner resides at this time. The facts disclosed in the petition pertain to the names of the husband and wife, the date and place of marriage, names of any children resulting from the union, separate or community property held by the parties, child custody, child support, spousal support, and any other issued to be addressed regarding the dissolution of marriage. Proper divorce procedure mandates that the respondent spouse be given notice that the divorce petition has been filed, either by the petitioning spouse or process server. The respondent then ordinarily has thirty-five days to answer or file a counter-claim. If both parties agree on the settlement, a court hearing is not required and the divorce will be final shortly thereafter.

A minimum waiting period (usually six months) is mandated in most states, and is not waived during proper divorce procedure, even if the marriage is dissolved before this time period has elapsed. Remarriage is also not allowed until the waiting period is over, which starts at the date of filing. Issues arising out of marriage tend to be complex and the divorce procedure itself tends to be quite overwhelming. Keeping physically and emotionally fit during this time will keep the stress levels down, and the less legal involvement there is, the more money will be in the bank when it is all over.

Fortunately there are easily obtainable divorce kits that provide all of the necessary forms for filling out and filing for divorce yourself. These kits are put together by highly experienced attorneys and can be downloaded for a fraction of the cost of going the conventional route. There are forms that provide essential information about divorce procedings and requirements for every state. Not only that, most of the online companies that supply these kits also have a FAQ section and a section on useful resources for you to use. These forms are mostly for uncontested divorces where you and your spouse are likely to agree on the terms of your separation and divorce. Usually an online questionaire will assist you in filling out these forms correctly.

Some of the questions you might have during this time are: what is an uncontested divorce?, how long does it take for a divorce to be final?, will I have to go to court during my divorce?, what about child support?, what happens to marital assests?, what about alimony? (and even) what happens if we reconcile and want to cancel the divorce?
Most quality document providers will have the answers to these and other questions which should help to put your mind at ease. In the end, you will save alot of money by going this route, money that can be used for living expenses or to take a relaxing vacation and begin the healing process.
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Louise Green is a freelance writer and researcher. Consumer demand for economic solutions to life situations has led to the creation of
http://www.legaldocuments-online.com where there is information and resources geared to save people money on expensive legal fees.
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