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Question Details:

I have been living apart from my wife since 2010. We now live in separate states and I want to get a divorce. Orignially when I left in 2010 it was a communicable separation.  We have no children and I do not want to spend a ton of money to restart my life. What is the first thing I need to do to get a divorce from my wife?

Family Law Attorney Response:

To directly answer your question, the first step is to check with your wife to ensure you have an agreement on all the issues relating to divorce. Below is a short list to get you thinking and started:

  • Distribution of Marital Property
  • Spousal Support & Maintenance
  • Asset Division (retirement benefits, pensions, stock portfolios, and 401Ks)

To keep the divorce inexpensive productive conversations between you and your wife should be conducted because fighting with each other doesn’t make the divorce easier. If you can work out the separation of assets without mediation you will significantly reduce the amount of work a divorce lawyer will need to do for you.

If you are on talking terms and have discussed the separation agreement your first step will be to file a divorce petition with the family court in your jurisdiction. A divorce petition can be filed with, or without a lawyer this is up to you. If you are comfortable conducting the divorce without an attorney you will significantly reduce the cost of your divorce.

The risks associated with conducting a divorce without choosing an attorney are dependent on your trust in your spouse. Finding a divorce lawyer will ensure your best interests are always put first, saving you time and money in the future.

Best of luck to you. If you need further assistance please contact us or fill out our free case evaluation form.

Lawyer Jeff Hughes from Sterling Law Offices, S.C.
Jeff Hughes, J.D.

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