Filing for divorce is the actually the simplest thing you will do in your divorce. A divorce is usually commenced with the filing of something called a Summons with Notice. It is an abbreviated form of pleading that provides the adversary, the defendant spouse, with notice that you have commenced an action for divorce, and with certain other basic information, including what ancillary relief you are looking for in addition to the dissolution of your marriage.
There might be custody, there might be support, maintenance, equitable distribution of property also listed as relief that you are seeking. The filing of the summons will also provide your spouse with notice of automatic orders. These are orders that the court has imposed upon the filing of the summons that keep the parties from transferring and hiding assets, from dropping insurance during the pendency of the case.
It’s important that before you file for divorce, you consider the impact of the automatic orders on your own financial situation. Once you have been served with a summons (if your spouse has filed the case), you are subject to those orders as well.
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