Spouses sometimes want to get a temporary decision before a divorce trial. To do this, they must make a formal written request for "a safeguard order and provisional measures" and send it to the other spouse. What can the person who receives this formal request do about it?
Understanding the Request
It is important for the spouse who receives the request to understand what it says. A formal...
To ask for a divorce, you must file certain documents in court. A request for a divorce is officially called an "Application for Divorce." It's the beginning of the divorce process.
Some people prepare the application on their own using the sample Application for Divorce the government provides (Form I). However, this model is not very detailed and doesn't necessarily cover the specific...
Getting a court trial date for a divorce can take months or even years. But some important questions really can't wait until then.
Issues That Can't Wait Until the Divorce Trial
Here are some examples of decisions that might have to be made while you wait for the divorce trial:
custody and access (visiting) rights
child support payments
spousal support payments, including bills and debts like...
A demand letter is a formal document. It is sometimes called a "lawyer's letter," but you can write one yourself.
A demand letter asks someone to do something or to stop doing something by a certain deadline. Most people do not associate demand letters with divorce. However, they are often used in situations of divorce.
Main Reasons for Using a Demand Letter During a Divorce
A demand letter is...
Can a spouse file for divorce for just about any reason? In legal terms, the reasons for divorce are called grounds. What grounds are allowed, and are they the same for both spouses?
What the Law Says About Reasons for Divorce
Spouses can get divorced, but for only one of three reasons:
The spouses have been living apart for at least a year.
One spouse committed adultery (cheated).
Divorce is never easy, but things can go more smoothly if the spouses agree on how to end their marriage. This article discusses different ways to collaborate to get a divorce.
Joint Request for Divorce
When the spouses ask for a divorce together in the same papers, it is called a joint request or joint application. The spouses are referred to as joint applicants.
You can do a joint request...
Someone knocks on your door and hands you divorce papers. What can and should you do?
Understanding Divorce Paperwork
A request for divorce is officially called a "motion to institute divorce proceedings".
If you get this kind of motion, it is important to understand it. It contains this information:
what your spouse wants and will be asking the court to decide regarding the fall-out of the...