Maybe it was the worst holiday season ever or you have made a resolution to move on from a bad marriage. Either way, this time of year often inspires couples to resolve to dissolve their marriage. First, take a deep breath. Everything is going to be okay. We know this because we have helped thousands of clients move through divorce and forward with their lives. If you are contemplating divorce, you are likely seeking information and guidance. Your best first step, even if you are not certain about divorce, is to schedule a consultation with a reputable divorce attorney.
Ready. During an initial consultation, a good attorney will answer the big questions swirling in your head and determine what type of representation would work best for your unique circumstances. Most often, they will also give you a snapshot of what lies ahead and walk you through the process, from your consultation to the final court order. This time together also allows you to determine if you and the attorney you consult with are a good fit for one another.
Set. Assuming you want to proceed, a “Complaint for Dissolution of Marriage” (a legal pleading that serves as your request to the court to have your marriage dissolved), must be filed with the court. This document is filed in the district court in the county where either you or your spouse reside. Once the complaint is filed, a case number and a judge are assigned to your file.
Go. After your attorney has filed the complaint, proof must be given to the court that your spouse received notice of the filing. This is achieved by your spouse being served by the sheriff or by signing an acknowledgment called a Voluntary Appearance. From there you and your attorney may discuss asking the court to hold a temporary hearing to determine things such as financial and living arrangements while the divorce is pending. You will then begin an information gathering process known as discovery and eventually work your way to a final decree.
Your case is as unique as anyone else’s, and it is important to have a consultation with an experienced attorney who understands how to file for divorce in Nebraska and can expertly review the facts and circumstances of your case. You may already have specific questions about divorce laws, financial documentation, settlement agreements, child custody and child support, property division, spousal support, and more. Schedule a consultation, bring your questions to the table, and take another deep breath. Everything will be okay.