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Why Should I Contact An Attorney Right Away If I Have Received Divorce Papers?

Why should I contact an attorney right away if I have received divorce papers?

If your spouse has filed for divorce, it is important that you obtain legal advice as soon as possible. Even if you and your spouse are getting along, having independent legal counsel can help you make decisions now that could affect your divorce later.

After your spouse has filed for divorce, a hearing can be scheduled on issues such as custody, support and use of home. It is possible you will receive only a few days’ notice of a hearing. You will be better prepared for a hearing if you have already retained an attorney.

After your waiver of service and citation has been filed with the court or you have been served by the sheriff, a written answer responding to your spouse’s divorce petition should be filed with the court.

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