What happens after I file the petition?

Once a petition is filed and served on the other party that party has 20 days to file a responsive pleading, which is usually an answer and a counter petition for disillusion of marriage. The parties also have a time period in which to exchange what's called a mandatory disclosure, which are documents concerning your financial situation. After the exchange of disclosure, normally your case proceeds to mediation where you attempt to resolve some or all of your issues so you don't have to go to trial. If you are unable to resolve all of your issues at mediation, the case will proceed to trial at some point.

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