What do I have to do to get the divorce process started?

The first thing you need to do to start the divorce process is contact my office to schedule a consultation. In that consultation, we will talk about the facts and circumstances that lead you to want to consult a divorce attorney. We’ll also talk about the things that the court can and cannot do under the law- the rights and duties, possession, and access of your children; division of property; spousal maintenance; and ultimately, the actual change in marital status.

Scheduling an initial divorce consultation is a big decision, and can be a difficult one to make. However, scheduling an initial divorce consultation does not necessarily mean that you have decided to file for divorce. An initial consultation is a time where you can gather information that can help you assess your situation before deciding what to do moving forward. According to DivorceMagazine.com, four things that you can do during an initial divorce consultation to help you in your decision are:

  1. Get education and ask questions
  2. Discuss your strategy
  3. Interview the divorce lawyer, and
  4. Make an assessment.

If You Do Decide to Divorce

The steps taken in obtaining a divorce depend on your particular situation. How long you have been married, whether you have children, and how much you jointly possess in assets and debts are all factors in your specific needs. To learn more, refer to our blog on the divorce process.

Many divorce disputes can be resolved through alternative dispute resolution or mediation. Families usually only take a case to court when they are not able to resolve the issues of their case through any other means. If you choose to go to trial, the judge will make a ruling in the form of a Court Order. You can learn more about that process on our blog about litigation in family law.

Find an Experienced Divorce Attorney

Kelly J. Capps is a knowledgeable family law attorney who works hard to find the best path forward for her clients and their families. From the conference room to the courtroom, we work with each client to develop a tailored strategy that reflects your unique situation and objectives.



This article does not create an attorney-client relationship. Its purpose is to educate the public about the topic of family law. This article should not be seen as legal advice. You should consult with an attorney before you rely on this information.