Category: Divorce

UNCONTESTED DIVORCE

  1. Receipt of notice of uncontested hearing – The court will automatically assign a hearing upon good service and passage of the time for an answer. YOU WILL NEED TO ATTEND THIS HEARING. In addition, if you do not expect that your spouse will attend the hearing, then you will need to bring a witness to testify to the grounds for your divorce.

  2. Pre-approval process of the divorce decree -Prior to the hearing I file the final paperwork regarding the divorce. For most counties this is done on the day of the hearing. For Cuyahoga County, I will go to the courthouse prior to the hearing to get the documents pre-approved.

  3. Attending the hearingAGAIN YOU MUST ATTEND THE HEARING. We will have the paperwork signed at that point. If your spouse is not coming THEN YOU MUST BRING A WITNESS. Failure to bring a witness will result in the case being rescheduled. There will be a hearing with the judge or the magistrate and at that point the decree will be signed. UNCONTESTED FEE DUE AT THIS POINT.

  4. Receipt of Divorce Decree -Depending on the county, you may be able to get your decree on the day of your hearing. If you’re hearing officer was a magistrate then the judge will still need to sign the document. In most counties you will receive a certified copy of the decree in the mail (in Cuyahoga County they will likely email the copy to you).

DIVORCE (EARLY STAGES)

  1. Step One Initial Consultation – We go over the issues arising in the divorce. You will receive a contract. It will be up to you, after the consultation if you would like to go with us or not.

  2. Step Two Document Preparation Consultation, initial retainer due, we will prepare the initial paperwork to start the divorce process. If documents must be signed by the other party those will be prepared and a plan to get them cheap hockey jerseys signed by the other party will be devised.

  3. Signing Drop-Off If documents were to be signed by the other party we receive those documents and prepare for submission to the court. Any court costs is due at this time.

  4. Case Filed – Case is filed with the court. Depending on the court this may be done by mail, personal drop off, or electronic filing submission.

  5. Service – As in any lawsuit, the court must serve the Defendant the complaint. This is usually done through certified mail (though in Cuyahoga County they try Fedex First). If there is a failure of the Certified Mail, then the court upon our instruction shall send the documents by first class mail (except in Cuyahoga County where if the Fed Ex mailing fails then it is by Certified Mail, and then first class mail). If we do not know the current whereabouts of the Spouse then we may provide notice by Publication or Posting. If we have a waiver of service, then that document meets the service requirement. For Cuyahoga County’s Course Click This Link.

  6. If children are involved in the case then attending the parenting course.– This is a two hour course about parenting during and after the divorce process. It is required in all domestic cases where there are children. The court will not grant a divorce in many cases if the Plaintiff does not complete the court. If the Defendant fails to complete the course they are usually unable to enforce parenting rights till they complete the course.

  7. After the complainant is served, the Defendant has 28 days to respond to the complaint by filing an answer. If an answer is filed then follow the Contested Divorce Steps. If an Answer is not filed then follow Uncontested Divorce Steps.

DIVORCE (EARLY STAGES)

  1. Step One Initial Consultation – We go over the issues arising in the divorce. You will receive a contract. It will be up to you, after the consultation if you would like to go with us or not.

  2. Step Two Document Preparation Consultation, initial retainer due, we will prepare the initial paperwork to start the divorce process. If documents must be signed by the other party those will be prepared and a plan to get them cheap hockey jerseys signed by the other party will be devised.

  3. Signing Drop-Off If documents were to be signed by the other party we receive those documents and prepare for submission to the court. Any court costs is due at this time.

  4. Case Filed – Case is filed with the court. Depending on the court this may be done by mail, personal drop off, or electronic filing submission.

  5. Service – As in any lawsuit, the court must serve the Defendant the complaint. This is usually done through certified mail (though in Cuyahoga County they try Fedex First). If there is a failure of the Certified Mail, then the court upon our instruction shall send the documents by first class mail (except in Cuyahoga County where if the Fed Ex mailing fails then it is by Certified Mail, and then first class mail). If we do not know the current whereabouts of the Spouse then we may provide notice by Publication or Posting. If we have a waiver of service, then that document meets the service requirement. For Cuyahoga County’s Course Click This Link.

  6. If children are involved in the case then attending the parenting course.– This is a two hour course about parenting during and after the divorce process. It is required in all domestic cases where there are children. The court will not grant a divorce in many cases if the Plaintiff does not complete the court. If the Defendant fails to complete the course they are usually unable to enforce parenting rights till they complete the course.

  7. After the complainant is served, the Defendant has 28 days to respond to the complaint by filing an answer. If an answer is filed then follow the Contested Divorce Steps. If an Answer is not filed then follow Uncontested Divorce Steps.