What Happens During The Trial of Divorce?

Going through a divorce can be overwhelming, and you want to be prepared for it. One of the best ways to prepare is by knowing what happens during a divorce trial. If you have a divorce case, you need the best kind of professional help on your side. Schedule a consultation with Karp & Iancu, S.C. today and talk to an experienced divorce attorney. 

What is the process for a divorce trial? 

Most divorce cases can be settled outside of court. An out-of-court settlement is preferable in most cases as it takes less time and costs less. However, sometimes it is impossible to settle out of court, and your case needs to be taken to trial. In such a case, you need to know what happens during a divorce trial in order to be prepared. Here is how a typical divorce trial process goes: 

  • The petitioner presents the case. 

The person who filed for the divorce is called the petitioner. The petitioner first presents the case to the judge. They may also provide documents such as marriage certificates, financial documents, or any other documents necessary for the case. 

  • The respondent presents their version of things. 

The other spouse is called the respondent. After the petitioner, the respondent presents their documents to the judge. 

  • The witnesses are called. 

Each party is allowed to call their witnesses. These witnesses can be anyone, from co-workers and friends to teachers and nannies of their children. The witnesses can vouch for the capabilities or shortcomings of each parent. The other spouse’s side can also cross-examine each witness. 

  • The petitioner gives their rebuttal. 

The petitioner also gets a chance for a brief rebuttal where they can counter the respondent’s point. 

  • Closing arguments are given. 

After submitting all the documents and all the witnesses have spoken, each party gives their closing arguments. At this point, they will provide a summary of all the facts and documents presented. 

  • The judge gives his ruling 

The judge then offers his final judgment on the case, and the trial ends. After the judgment, there will be an official document with the ruling that each party will have to sign. After this, the divorce will be final. 

Speak to an experienced attorney today!

If you are filing for a divorce, you need the best kind of professional help on your side. Get in touch with an experienced divorce attorney and determine your next steps.