The divorce process is begun by the filing of a Complaint in the Circuit Court, most often in the jurisdiction where the parties last lived. The parties may have been successful in reaching an agreement as to the division of their assets, support, and issues related to the children, either through negotiations or the use of mediation or the collaborative process. If so, the Complaint is filed asking the Court to incorporate the provisions of their agreement into a final decree of divorce. If the parties are unable to reach an agreement, the Court is asked to make decisions for the parties. Sometimes there are decisions that need to be made prior to the divorce being finalized, and the Court has the ability to grant temporary or pendente lite relief during the interim, such as who will have exclusive possession of the marital residence, or temporary custody or support during the interim period.
The divorce attorneys of Family Law Associates of Richmond, P.C. will explain to you all of the available options in reaching a resolution of your case, and help you decide which is best for you and your family.