When contemplating divorce you need to decide if you would like to pay to hire an attorney. In the following paragraphs there will be several different issues to consider. An attorney can further clarify the divorce process. If issues in a divorce are confusing it is not a bad idea to talk to an attorney to find out what steps need to be taken and what your rights are.
When filing for a divorce some may chose to represent themselves. The terminology when one party is representing themselves is that the party is in proper (PRO PER). On the other hand, if you can chose to have an attorney represent you. When a divorce is commencing the initial person who files the divorce will be known as the petitioner and the one who is being served with divorce papers will be known as the respondent.
Often a question that is asked is how long will the divorce process take to be finalized. In the State of California the shortest duration of a divorce is six months and a day. It takes six months to finalize a divorce because it allows the parties to reflect on their decision to divorce. If at anytime during the six months they decide that they would not like to continue with the divorce they can decide to stop the process. This six month waiting period allows parties to waiver and be able to terminate the divorce if they decide they do not want this for themselves or their family.
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