A divorce action is started by filing a Petition with the Court and serving a copy on the other party (spouse). Upon the filing and service of the Petition, a spouse can request that the Court dissolve the marriage, divide the property and debts, seek restraints of the person and upon property, and also establish a parenting plan and support as is necessary. This is the first step to begin the process. A legal separation matter is also begun the same way and much of the relief available in a divorce action is also available to spouses who only seek to legally separate. The divorce or legal separation process can be emotionally difficult and complex. Decisions made about each step of litigation can affect you, your spouse and your children for many years.
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