Divorce Attorney Missoula Montana
Divorce in Montana
Modern research shows that divorce is one of the most stressful life events a person can experience. Stressful situations trigger feelings of confusion, anxiety, panic, and anger.
In Montana, the legal ending of a marriage (commonly known as a divorce), is known as a Dissolution of Marriage. In some cases a marriage can be ended through a different process known as annulment. You can learn more about the legal definitions of these terms here.
Filing for Divorce
To start the divorce process, you must file a Petition for dissolution in District Court. At the Judnich Law Office, we can help you prepare the necessary paperwork and make sure that it’s filed properly. That’s the easy part.
Be aware that according to state law, a married couple must live apart for 180 days prior to filing for a dissolution. There are a few exceptions to this law. Contact us to find out if you meet the requirements for these exceptions.
Reaching a Resolution
In some cases, finalizing a divorce is fairly straight-forward. Unfortunately, it is all too common for divorce cases to become highly contested.
When finalizing a divorce, parties should attempt to reach common ground on such topics as:
- Division of assets, including any shared property
- Ownership and transference of finances and debt
- Child custody, child visitation, and child support
This process can be quick, but it can also take a very long time. It is really up to you and the other party. If one side is being unreasonable, then it is going to take longer to reach an acceptable solution, especially to contentious issues. If both parties are reasonable, then the process is quicker.
This is where an attorney fighting for your rights is essential! You need an advocate for your rights, especially during settlement negotiations and in court.
Once a judge orders the divorce, all agreements are final!
Finalizing the Divorce
The final step of the divorce process is a court hearing. Only one party needs to be present in the court. The party takes the stand, testifies with the help of his or her lawyer and that’s it!
About the Judnich Law Office
The Judnich Law office represent clients throughout the entire divorce process: from filing a Petition to negotiating settlements to courtroom hearings. We’re available to answer all of our clients’ questions and we always work tirelessly to protect their rights.
Read more about our team and how we can help you.
This is a summary of how the divorce process works in Montana.
But you must know that all cases are different. No matter how simple your divorce seems like it is going to be, it is always a good idea to at least consult with an attorney to ensure that you, your rights, and the rights of your family are fully protected.
Contact us for a free consultation or to just ask some questions about your rights or the divorce process in general.
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