When clients are going through a divorce, they are often under the impression that there is only one divorce document – the final Judgment of Dissolution of Marriage. In reality, while the Judgment of Dissolution of Marriage is the official document which terminates a marriage, there are other documents that must be filed prior to obtaining the Judgment of Dissolution of Marriage.
These specific documents that need to be completed will depend upon the individual circumstances of the spouses, such as whether they have children. The most common documents include the following:
These and other divorce documents can be complex and, importantly, they will affect your legal rights for matters such as property, alimony or maintenance, and child custody and visitation. For these reasons, all spouses should consult with a lawyer in a divorce.