What You Can Control in Divorce

Getting divorced can make you feel out of control. You may be wondering what you can control in divorce. Here is what you should know.

What You Can Control in Divorce | How Long It Takes

Nearly always, when they’re contemplating divorce, people want to how long the process is going to take. After doing divorces in Buffalo for 36 years, I have learned that there really is no easy answer. My best estimate is that it can take as little as three to six months or as long as a year, or even two. It really depends upon the complexity of the issues involved and how well the husband and wife cooperate with each other.

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What You Can Control in Divorce | Serving Divorce Papers

When people come into our Buffalo office, they want to know how to serve their spouse. The first step in a divorce action is filing the summons in the clerk’s office. After that’s done, the attorney’s will usually hire a process server – a person who actually takes the summons and physically hands that paperwork to the other spouse. Generally, if the husband and the wife are getting along with each other, we’ll ask that person to stop into our office and pick up the papers. That will save the fee that we would otherwise have to pay the process server. If that’s not possible, we would hire a process server to serve your husband or wife with that summons.

What You Can Control in Divorce | Responding to Divorce Papers

When someone who has been served with a summons comes into our Buffalo office, they want to know how much time they have to respond. That time is always printed right on the summons, which gives the recipient notice that he or she has 20 days (or, in some cases 30 days) to respond. People very often wait until the last minute so, while the clock is ticking, it puts a lot of pressure on them to do something. Because your time for response is strictly limited, you should get in to see your lawyer as quickly as possible to ensure that the appropriate response can be submitted. If you need a dedicated Buffalo divorce attorney, please call our office today.


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