My Spouse Just Served Me With Divorce Papers, Now What Do I Do?

You had a feeling that things weren’t going so great in your marriage lately, but you figured that eventually you and your spouse would work things out, but suddenly, you get the shock of being served with divorce papers. For many people that go through this, the experience can be an overwhelming surprise. Even if you thought things weren’t great, you were still married and had a life together. Being served divorce papers threatens all of this. So what do you do after you get over the shock of the papers that you’re holding in your hands? In this blog, we explain what steps to take after you’ve been served divorce papers.

Consult with an Experienced Lawyer

One of the first steps you must take after you have been given your divorce papers is to find legal representation. However, there’s more to this than just picking the first attorney you happen to come across. Everyone’s situation is a little different depending on how long they were married. Some couples have children while others don’t. Some couples have numerous assets to account for while others might have a smaller amount to divide up. An experienced lawyer can evaluate your situation and determine the best way to ensure that your legal interests are fully protected.

Although you must contact an attorney as soon as possible after being served divorce papers, you should ask yourself the following questions before consulting with a legal professional:

  • Who will have custody of the children?
  • Who will live in the marital home and who will move out?
  • If you are dependent on your spouse for income, how much money do you need per month to live on individually or, if you have children, how much will it cost to live with your children?
  • What marital assets do you have?

In the state of New York, you only have 20 days to submit your answer to a complaint that was personally served to you. You should, therefore, contact an attorney immediately to talk about your circumstances in person. With the correct attorney for your situation, you will be able to come up with plans for how to proceed with your divorce by the time your first meeting is finished. Although going through a divorce is emotional and seems, at times, too difficult to bear, taking proper action early on will enhance your ability to work towards the best possible settlement for you and your soon to be ex-spouse.

At Law Offices of Sandra M. Radna, P.C., we understand that divorce is an emotionally tough time for you and your family, which is why we are here to listen to your concerns and fight for what you are legally entitled to. Our legal team will work with you to develop a strong strategy to secure a fair divorce settlement. Let us put our skills and resources to work for you today.

Call (631) 400-3342 to request your consultation with our experienced divorce attorneys on Long Island.