If you plan on filing for divorce, there are many benefits of being the one who takes the first step. Divorce is never easy, no matter who files for it. It's going to be a time of turbulence and emotional stress. You're saying goodbye to one life and hello to another. As cliché as it all sounds, it's plain tough to go through a divorce.
Initial complaints made against a spouse are taken a tiny bit more seriously if you file first. When allegations are made when a divorce has been filed, there is a question if the allegations are true or merely an attempt at revenge.
This benefit doesn't hold out for long, though, as a simple investigation can usually uncover the truth. But it does make it more likely you will be the first to speak and air your grievances at the hearing.
There is often a play for control during a divorce. By being the first one to file, you are initially asserting yourself in control of the situation. You are showing your ability to make an independent choice and the will to follow it through. This sense of control can be useful as a strategic tool during the divorce.
By being the first one to file for a divorce, you may get to determine what area the divorce proceedings will be held in. This usually means you get to pick the county the divorce occurs in. If you and your spouse live in different areas, this choice is a huge benefit. They'll end up having to do all the traveling while you'll only need to drive a few minutes to the local courthouse.
A big benefit to being the one filing for divorce is that you are more likely to be emotionally ready - or at least prepared - for the coming storm. You know that you want the marriage to end and are ready to deal with the inevitabilities involved with this decision.
Finding out how to get a restraining order is not as daunting a task as it may seem. A restraining order is a court order that protects you by ordering a person to stay away from you and thus protect you from pain or injury. It can order a person to move out of the house, stay away from you or to not enter your house. Filing a restraining order may also be important in child custody matters in that it may temporarily alter the custody arrangement.
To put an end to a marriage officially, you have two options: annulment or divorce. Annulment law basically states that you can, under certain conditions, cancel a marriage. Legally, the marriage is said to have never have existed and was never valid. A divorce is the legal end of a marriage.
When a divorce happens, not only does a person have to see the end of a marriage, but they also have to deal with emotional issues, the dividing of property and, in some cases, custody issues. You'll need a divorce lawyer to help you navigate the legal system and to help you work out the details.