Q) How is a divorce started?
A) The lawyer for the person seeking the divorce will initiate the process by filing a formal document (called a complaint) with the appropriate court (i.e. usually the county wherein the person filing the complaint resides). This complaint includes relevant information pertaining to the marriage, such as place of residency, present living arrangements, children of the marriage, previous court actions (if there are any) relating to the marriage, and the specific grounds upon which the divorce complaint is based. A copy of the complaint will be served on the receiving spouse, either by mail or in person by the sheriff, or on the spouse’s attorney.
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