Divorce is never an easy time for couples or their families. However, sometimes a divorce is more complex and difficult when one party doesn’t agree to the divorce or blames the other for the failed marriage. Indiana, like most states, offers a way for couples to divorce in a way that does not place blame on either party. A no-fault divorce is a non-fault-based dissolution of marriage. It simply means that the marriage is irretrievably broken. Many divorces today utilize the no-fault option rather than the traditional grounds for divorce that have been used in previous decades.
One of the first steps in the legal divorce process is filing the petition. When couples begin to go through a divorce they will need to review and discuss the settlement terms. Couples who are able to come to at least some type of agreement as to the main terms of divorce will have the easiest time. Many couples, however, need some time and assistance in resolving issues such as distribution of assets, assignment of debt, child custody and visitation, and alimony. A divorce that is contested means that the divorce will take some time and a great deal of effort to resolve. When there are underlying reasons for the divorce the petitioner may want to file on these grounds, rather than choose a no-fault divorce.
A no-fault based divorce is the easiest option for divorce but in some instances there may be a need for fault-based grounds. Some of the fault-based grounds include felony conviction, incurable insanity, and impotence. There may be some legal reasons why you should utilize these grounds for divorce. If you feel that any of situations apply to you and your spouse it is best to discuss the issues with your divorce attorney. Your lawyer will review your specific details to provide you with the options available to you.
The initial filing of divorce may have an impact on how the couple will deal with the settlement terms and other issues. Couples can work together or through their attorneys to come to an agreement on the basic matters that must be determined in dissolution of marriage. Many factors will impact how complicated this process will be. The length of the marriage, the accumulated assets, and the number and ages of any children will all play a role in how the issues will be settled. A skilled divorce attorney is essential in working through these matters in a way that will be most beneficial now and in the future.
Of all the decisions that must be made as part of the divorce process, the first one and the one that will set the entire tone of the procedure is the grounds for divorce. With limited choices, the most common by far is the no-fault divorce. Of course, every situation is unique and has a different set of circumstances that must be considered. Consultation with a divorce attorney is best done as soon as possible so that your options can be explained and reviewed. When you have decided to divorce choose the experienced legal team at The Bellinger Law Office.