What to Expect When Divorcing

The divorce process can be overwhelming to both parties involved, leaving clients wondering where to even begin. At Carolyn S. Zisser P.A., we are committed to doing everything we can to ensure your needs and questions are addressed at every step along the way to a resolution.

How the divorce case begins and progresses

Most often, a dissolution of marriage action (commonly known as a “divorce”) begins with one party filing the case in court. Once a case is filed, a case number and a judge are assigned. The filing party is known as the Petitioner and the non-filing party is known as the Respondent. Once an action is filed, the Petitioner usually arranges for the Respondent to be personally served, meaning a private process server or sheriff will serve the dissolution of marriage paperwork on the Respondent (most often at home or at work). Once served, the Respondent has 20 days to file a response. Before a case can be tried, the parties must exchange certain financial records and attend mediation.

How we handle your divorce case

It is our practice to attempt to de-escalate the tension between the parties at the commencement of a dissolution of marriage action. We develop a case plan at the beginning of the case identifying the key issues, the discovery needed, and witnesses to speak to related to those issues. The client is an integral part of collecting necessary information in the case. Once sufficient discovery is completed to identify our client’s legal rights and obligations, we schedule informal settlement conferences with the other spouse/party and his or her attorney in advance of mediation or trial. We also identify the hot-button issues in each case and work with opposing counsel to narrow down those documents, pieces of information, or particular expert we may need to resolve the case.