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Preparing Your Case
Divorce proceedings are initiated by filing a complaint with your circuit court. As your divorce lawyer, we can initiate a divorce in Pelham by filing a complaint with your local circuit court.
A complaint is a legal document or pleading that a party is required to file with the court to initiate a divorce.
Several pieces of important information must be contained in the complaint, including:
- The names of the plaintiff and defendant
- The ages of all parties involved in the case
- The date of residency for one or both parties
- The date and location of the couple’s marriage
- The grounds for divorce
- Children’s names, dates of birth, and Social Security numbers
- A date of separation, as applicable
You must include a copy of your marriage certificate alongside your initial complaint.
Upon filing your complaint, a Pelham divorce lawyer can serve a copy on the defendant. The defendant can answer your papers with additional information about the dissolution of the marriage. This response must reach a local circuit court within 30 days of the original complaint’s submission.
Failure to submit a response within the deadline allows the plaintiff to request a Divorce Judgment by Default.