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I have been served with divorce papers: What should I do next? 

On Behalf of | Sep 14, 2022 | Divorce |

Divorce is, by all means, a delicate subject that is often characterized by layers of emotions, frustrations and regrets. After all, no one gets married with the goal of filing for divorce someday. So what do you do when your spouse decides to file for a divorce?

If your spouse decides to file for a divorce, here are some of the steps you need to take as soon as divorce becomes apparent. 

Understand the rules on property division

One of the most contentious issues during the divorce process is usually the division of marital property. Like most states, Pennsylvania is an equitable distribution state, so the court will distribute marital property in a manner that it deems fair – not necessarily equal. It is, therefore, important that you understand how this law works and how it will impact your property division case. 

Audit your marital property

During the divorce proceedings, both parties will be required to furnish the court with a list of their assets and liabilities. It is important that you are as factual as possible while making this disclosure. Failing to make full disclosure of what you own (either by design or otherwise) can be interpreted as an attempt to hide marital property, and this can hurt your case. 

Decide your living arrangement

Sharing a living space with the person you no longer love can be awkward. However, it is important that you work out a new living arrangement with your soon-to-be ex. This can include having separate bedrooms and personal living budgets. Unless your life is at risk, do not leave the marital home before the divorce is finalized. This is especially important if you have a child together. 

Not many life events are as difficult as going through a divorce. Find out how you can protect your rights and interests while dissolving your marriage.