When you think about divorce, you might consider that most couples are mutually on board with ending a marriage, especially after something has gone very wrong. In truth, some people struggle with divorce because their former partner has no interest in divorce.
Are you considering a divorce? If you are struggling with a spouse who does not want to end the marriage, you face some difficulties. Learn more about divorce in Missouri below.
A Spouse May Ignore Divorce Papers
After you file for divorce, your spouse will receive the petition for dissolution of marriage. He or she has 30 days to respond to the paperwork by filing an answer or to object to anything within the petition or to agree.
Some people believe that if they fail to acknowledge receipt of divorce papers, the entire process will disappear. They might think that failing to respond to paperwork means the divorce cannot go through.
A divorce can still be granted to individuals whose spouses fail to respond to the petition for divorce. Sometimes, this can lead to worse situations for the individual who did not respond in terms of custody, child support, and property division during the default hearing that results.
Following a default hearing, the spouse will have a certain amount of time to file a motion that allows him or her to essentially re-do the divorce. This can reverse some of the decisions made during the default hearing.
Every Spouse Needs an Attorney
Even if you are secure believing your spouse wants to pursue a divorce as well, you need a strong divorce attorney. Surprises tend to come up during divorce, and you do not want to be caught off guard.
Sometimes, hiring an attorney is enough to convince a spouse that divorce is the best option. After all, hiring an attorney demonstrates that you are serious about pursuing your legal options, and this action can make the divorce seem more real.
In addition, when you and your spouse both hire attorneys, the attorneys can communicate with each other. This can be better than you trying to communicate with your future ex-spouse — he or she may try to convince you not to go through with the divorce.
The Lowry Law Firm understands the difficulty of going through divorce, even when it is wanted by both parties. Call our law firm today to learn more about your legal options.