Served With Divorce Papers: What Should You Do?

Posted by Leslie SarjiFeb 18, 20150 Comments

It is not every day that you are served process. But when you are served with divorce papers, it can come as quite a surprise, even if you were fully expecting them. There is something about being served divorce papers that is surreal and unbelievable. What should you do? Must you take action? Is there anyone you can talk to?

Reach Out To An Experienced Divorce Attorney

Once you have been served with divorce pleadings, you should talk a moment to regroup your thoughts and come up with an action plan. One of the first steps on that action plan should be to consult with an experienced divorce attorney. An initial consultation with a divorce lawyer will help you understand the legal issues you are facing, and your lawyer will be able to educate you on what must be done next in your divorce. Specifically, divorce pleadings are time sensitive and require you to take action and file a response. Your lawyer will be able to better assess your options after an initial consultation.

Your attorney will also be able to direct you towards educational material about the divorce process, and can provide you with tips and guidance for getting through your divorce with your best interests intact. In a divorce, knowledge about what to expect and how to handle it is empowering and can save you a lot of money, heartbreak and frustration in the long run.

As You Wait For Your Divorce, Act Maturely

It may kill you to do so, but try as hard as you possibly can to behave like a mature adult as you go through this tough time. Many divorcing couples break down during a divorce, fighting bitterly like angry children about everything. They lash out on social media and often act dramatically. And to make things worse, these couples even fight in front of their children. Watching parents fight can upset and confuse even the youngest of children. The divorce is scary enough for children, and it does them no good to be stressed due to the bickering of their parents.

That isn't to say you can't break down and cry about your divorce, vent to a trusted confidant, or stress out about the uncertainty of the future. These are all normal reactions to a divorce and are to be expected. But keep these reactions from your children. When parents are composed during a divorce, it helps children cope with the transition better than when there is constant fighting and bickering between parents.

Furthermore, any bad behavior conducted by either spouse after divorce papers are served may come up during the divorce. In particular, misconduct or deliberate trouble making on the part of either parent might be introduced as evidence during a child custody hearing.

When You Need a Divorce Lawyer

Being served with divorce papers can be confusing and can unleash a wave of emotions. If you have been served with divorce papers, you should reach out to an experienced divorce attorney straight away. The professionals at Sarji Law Firm, LLC are here to help you make a timely response. We can be reached by dialing 843-722-5354.

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