Divorce is often a very emotional and difficult process. Graham Norris and the associates at the Norris Law Group do everything possible to make the divorce process as efficient as possible.

The Norris Law Group is highly skilled in several practice areas of family law, including divorce. But divorces often involve a number of complicated family law issues, including (but not limited to) child custody, visitation, alimony and property division, adoption, and retirement preservation through estate planning and Qualified Domestic Relations Orders (QDROs) or Domestic Relations Orders (DROs) for CALPERS members.

First, we would encourage you to dedicate a great deal of time and consideration to whether divorce is truly the right choice for you. If it is, we can help. Each state has its own set of legislation regarding divorce, but the first steps you must take in order to initiate divorce proceedings are generally the same regardless of in which state you decide to file for divorce. If you wish to meet with one of the associates at the Norris Law Group regarding your divorce, you should gather some documentation and bring it with you to the consultation, including:

Personal Information

  • The complete addresses, phone numbers, and Social Security numbers of you and your spouse;
  • The full names, birth dates, Social Security numbers, and addresses of all biological or adopted children of your marriage, including their schools and grade level;
  • The date, county, and state in which the marriage occurred;
  • Information about the prior marriage(s) of you or your spouse (including a certified copies of any divorce decrees);
  • Copies of any domestic contracts (such as a prenuptial agreement);
  • Information about any legal proceedings involving you, your spouse and your children (domestic abuse cases, restraining orders, etc.); and
  • Dates and other information about marriage counseling, attempts at reconciliation, or previous separations.
Financial Information

  • The previous year’s tax return, and any related data from the state or from IRS (it is a good idea to provide returns from as many years as possible);
  • Confirmation of your current income, such as a current pay slip;
  • A list of assets, debts, and liabilities of both spouses; and
  • Copies of credit applications, including mortgages, car notes, etc.

Once you have provided your divorce attorney with this information, then he or she can continue with the divorce process, which usually involves:

  • a Separation Agreementto establish the fact that you and your spouse will live apart going forward, and perhaps whether one spouse must pay spousal support to the other throughout the divorce process;
  • a Summons to notify your spouse that you are suing him or her for divorce (a divorce is one type of a lawsuit);
  • a Verified Complaint explaining your grounds for seeking a divorce; and
  • aCounterclaimfrom your spouse, which serves as his or her response to your Summons and Complaint.

After these documents have been submitted, then the divorce moves into the Discovery Phase, during which your attorney and your spouse’s attorney go over all documentation related to the divorce. The Discovery Phase can take weeks, months, or even years, depending on all the issues involved in the divorce.

Your divorce can be resolved through mediation and settlement, or through the state court system. Mediation is often preferable to going to court, especially if you and your ex-spouse are divorcing amicably and can agree on important points, such as child custody and visitation or alimony.

Once mediation or your trial has ended, a Judgment will be rendered in your divorce, and a final divorce decree will be granted by the state in which you filed. If you and your ex-spouse live in different states, each state may have to be involved in the divorce somehow.

Graham Norris and the associates of the Norris Law Firm have decades of experience with divorce cases in Idaho, Utah, and Wyoming.Contact our offices today at 801-932-1238 or online for a free consultation to discuss your divorce case.