Filing for Divorce—Frequently Asked Questions

Divorce should certainly be a last resort as a means to resolve marital problems.

Divorce should certainly be a last resort as a means to resolve marital problems. While counseling can often be of great benefit if both parties participate meaningfully, one cannot force a spouse to go to counseling after filing a divorce, except where custody is in dispute, and the court orders a custody evaluation.

If attempts at reconciliation or counseling are unsuccessful, a filing for divorce or separate maintenance can be done. Once a case is filed, there are mandatory waiting periods before a Judge will sign a judgment of divorce. For spouses without minor children, it is 60 days. For those with minor children, the waiting period is 6 months.

Continue to Pre-Filing Information