At Foresight Legal Group, we strive to make divorce as easy and economical as possible. Most of our clients come to agreements on their issues and do not go to court.
The process for divorce with Foresight Legal begins with a consultation with the attorney. The purpose of the consultation is to make sure that the client is aware of their legal rights. In addition, the client has the opportunity to ask the attorney any legal questions that they may have. By the end of the consultation, the client will feel relieved to know their legal options and what they can reasonably expect.
After the consultation is complete, the client (the petitioner) is given simple and easy to understand questionnaires that can be completed in the office or online. Our staff then places the information into the legal documents and the divorce is filed. The courts give the divorce a case number and then the spouse is served. Once served, the spouse (the respondent) has 30 days to respond.
In this 30 day period, the petitioner and the respondent can discuss any issues that may pertain to their divorce. Issues are things like division of property, spousal support, or custody, visitation and support of children. If these issues can be resolved by a Marital Settlement Agreement then a court appearance is not needed.
This is also a time when the petitioner may request temporary orders for things like spousal support or custody, visitation and support of children. These orders can be made while the divorce is in progress. When the parties are not in agreement, the petitioner may also request restraining orders if needed.
If the respondent does not respond when served and there are no issues to address, the divorce can proceed by default (meaning that the spouse does not respond) and the client is usually granted the divorce without a court appearance. If there are issues that need to be resolved and the spouse does not respond, the petitioner will need to appear in court alone. In this instance, the petitioner can request what they want and the judge makes the final determination.
If the respondent does respond when served, then the petitioner is in a contested divorce. The petitioner will then need to reserve a court date and both parties will go to court initially for mediation and then for a court hearing. Foresight Legal can reserve a court date, provide a trial brief for the court hearing and other documents that may be needed. If desired, an attorney can also appear at the hearing for a low flat fee.
At Foresight Legal, we offer attorney oversight along with low flat fees, so that clients get the best of both worlds—attorney advice, oversight and preparation of documents as well as low flat fees!