Making the decision to get divorced from your spouse is an important one. When you decide that it’s time to dissolve your marriage, you need to know what you can expect from the moment you file to the time your divorce becomes final.
Here are some of the questions our clients most frequently ask about their impending divorce.
How long do I need to be separated from my spouse before we can get divorced in Indiana?
You are not required to be legally separated in order to get a divorce in Indiana. After you file for divorce, you will need to remain living apart for at least sixty days before the courts will grant you a divorce. However, a legal separation is not a requirement prior to filing.
What if I want to divorce but don’t know where my spouse is?
In the event that we are unable to locate your spouse to serve him or her with divorce papers, you could be a good candidate for what’s known as a “divorce by publication.” This is where you run an advertisement of sorts in the newspaper that serves your spouse’s last known whereabouts to give them notice of your intent to divorce.
Generally, a judge will only allow a divorce by publication once we have established that we’ve done our due diligence in our attempt to locate your spouse.
Do we need to go to court?
If we are able to come to an agreement with your soon-to-be former spouse regarding child custody, division of assets, and child custody, then we can avoid going to court. If there are issues neither you nor your spouse will budge on, mediation or litigation will likely be necessary.
How much does it cost to get divorced?
Each divorce case’s cost will vary based on a number of factors, including the wants and needs of both parties, if the divorce is going to be contested or uncontested, if child custody or alimony is involved, and a variety of other contributing factors.
What is an uncontested divorce?
In an uncontested divorce, both parties agree on solutions to issues brought up during the divorce process. Alimony, child support, and division of property and assets are all amicably divided without either side contesting the other.
Speak with an Indiana Divorce Lawyer
If you would like to discuss the details of your situation and are considering filing for divorce, reach out to an experienced Terre Haute divorce lawyer at the Rowdy G. Williams Law Firm today. You can schedule your free consultation by filling out the contact form below or by calling our offices at 1-812-232-7400.