By Robin Roshkind, Esquire
Divorce is a process. It takes time to get from one point to the next. First, when you file, your petition for dissolution of marriage, the other spouse must be served with divorce papers. Once served, that spouse has 20 days to file a responsive pleading and/or a counter petition for divorce. Should a counter petition be filed, you, the filing spouse, have 20 days to respond to that counter petition. Then comes the discovery and disclosure of financial information. A financial affidavit must be filed along with supporting documents given to the other side. Motions to compel mandatory disclosure may have to be heard by the judge. However, once all the disclosure requirements are met, the parties can set a mediation in an attempt to settle the matters in dispute. At this point, you have already spent 3 to 6 months or longer to get to mediation. At mediation, the divorce may fully settle, partially settle or there may be no settlement at all. If there is no settlement, a temporary relief hearing will be scheduled before the judge. Typical relief is child support, alimony and attorneys fees to finance the litigation of this pending divorce.
This, of course, is an overly simplified discussion of the process and curve balls may get in the way, costing time and money. The important thing to do is talk to your lawyer and understand the time lines, so you don’t have unrealistic expectations. For more information about this or other divorce topics, call one of the divorce lawyers at ROBIN ROSHKIND, P.A. at 561 835 9091 or click on the Firm’s web site at www.familylawwpb.com.