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The Divorce Dilemma and Process

Are you currently thinking about filing for a divorce? Do you have any questions that need answering before you’re able to decide? Do you know what steps you need to take in order to file for a divorce in North Dakota or Minnesota? The choice to file for divorce is never an easy one, as you’re making a decision that’s going to impact you, as well as other family members, for the rest of your lives. There are very few things that can affect people on such an emotional level as a divorce.

Grounds for Divorce
Every state has its own criteria when it comes to filing for a divorce. In North Dakota, grounds for divorce include a no fault position on irreconcilable differences. Fault positions include adultery, extreme cruelty, willful desertion, willful neglect, alcohol abuse, controlled substance abuse, and felony conviction. You’re required to prove to the courts that the grounds you choose indeed have merit, which must be included in your official Complaint for Divorce to the North Dakota court system. In Minnesota, grounds for divorce only require that there’s an irretrievable breakdown of the marriage. In order to meet this requirement, you and your spouse must either live separately for 180 days, or be able to prove that the marriage discord is so serious that it’s adversely affecting attitudes.

Should I Divorce?
Divorce is probably one of the toughest and emotional decisions you’ll make. The question as to whether or not you should divorce your spouse is a question that only you can answer. When you ask yourself, ‘should I divorce?’, what’s the first answer that comes to mind? If the answer is yes, then it’s likely your next thoughts are going to be ‘how do I start divorce proceedings?’. We know it’s hard to think about filing for a divorce, as it’s a very emotional time for everyone involved. Everything you once knew is going to change, and that can be scary to think about.

A lot of emotions come into play when filing for a divorce, which can be difficult to deal with. You’ll no longer be spending time with the person you loved, or possibly still do. And understand that dividing property may pull at your emotional strings because you were together for so long, making so many memories together as a family. You’ll also need to figure out how to divide time spent with the kids, which can be a sensitive time for both parents as you’re used to having them with you at all times.

The Divorce Process
There’s a process that must be followed when filing for divorce. The first step involves filing the divorce papers. In order for this to be done properly, decisions must be made regarding financial support options, property division, bank accounts, custody of children, and more. The second step involves filing the divorce petition with a family court in your jurisdiction. The third step involves getting all of your paper work together, i.e. tax documents, pay stubs, insurance policies, credit card information, etc. If both parties agree to the terms listed in the divorce documents, there’s no need to go to trial. We’re dedicated to protecting your rights. Call us for more details.

Why Hankey Law
Hankey Law Firm specializes in Divorce and  Family Law, in Grand Forks, Fargo and surrounding areas in North Dakota. Our experienced yet compassionate divorce lawyers will guide you through the process, giving you the compassion and understanding you need to get through this difficult time. Going through a divorce is normally a very emotional time in your life, which can make it hard for you to think clearly. Contact us today with the details of your current situation so we can advise you on your next steps. We’ll be there for you every step of the way.

You need a trusted lawyer by your side in this difficult period, and we’re determined to protect your rights.

Call 701-746-4529.