1. How Do You Start the Divorce Process?

You must file a petition in the county you reside in to start the divorce process.  This is a jurisdictional requirement.

2. How Long Does It Take to Finalize a Divorce?

It takes at least 6 months before you can finalize your divorce.  It has been said that it takes at least 6 months because courts allow this time for possible reconciliation.  Six months gives you enough time to reconcile if you want to.

3. As a Mother, Do You Get Automatic Custody of Children?

There is a common misconception that mothers will get automatic custody of their children.  However, this is not true.  Instead, courts will look at certain factors to determine custody issues.

4. How Long Must You Pay Child Support?

You must pay child support until any one of the following occurs: (1) until your child turns 18, (2) until your child turns 18 and graduates high school, (3) your child becomes emancipated, or (4) by further order of the court.

5. How is Child Support Determined?

Child support determination is based on the respective parties incomes and their time-share with the children.  The parties’ time-share with the child is determined by a court order indicating their custody and visitation schedule.  For a better understanding of the support amount it is recommended to speak to an attorney who can better determine the support amount based on your circumstances.

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