The Amicable Divorce process is the same as a traditional divorce except for two main differences. Parties are agreeing to engage in the process by selecting members in the network and everyone is working to settle the matter prior to filing anything with the court system.
You may have come to the Amicable Divorce Network through a friend, mental health professional or just plain Google searching. If you don’t know where to start, we suggest starting with a network family law attorney.
- One or both parties contact an attorney in the network. Couples are encouraged to each get their own attorney from the start of the process. For couples who think they only need one attorney, please read the information about “uncontested divorce” under Common Questions.
- The attorneys acknowledge that it is an Amicable Divorce by exchanging an Amicable Divorce Initiation Form so that everyone involved acknowledges the process.
- Parties sign a form agreeing to abide by the Standing Order in their particular jurisdiction.
- Parties exchange Domestic Relations Financial Affidavits which are signed under oath.
- The attorneys then work to resolve the matter by negotiation, mediation or other means prior to filing with the Court system. They can serve informal discovery on each other if needed and responses are also signed under oath so that parties receive all the information they feel they need prior to settling their case.
- Once the case is finalized, the case is filed with the Clerk of Court and forwarded to the Judge for finalization.