What Comes First?

Your first decision is to settle on what you are trying to do.

This decision dictates how you will proceed, how long this will take you, how much money you will spend, and how complex your decisions will be. To determine what end result you need for you and your situation, find yourself in the following chart:

+ I am not sure the marriage is over, but need to separate

You will need a Trial Separation Agreement.

+ I am sure I want to separate, but don’t think we can make any final decisions yet.

You will need a Interim Separation Agreement.

+ I am permanently separating, but don’t know if I want to divorce.

You will need a Separation Agreement.

+ I am permanently separating and want a divorce

You will need a Separation Agreement and a Divorce Judgement.

+ I am already separated, maybe for years, and we don’t have any big issues to resolve, like children or assets, I just want a divorce.

You will need a Divorce Judgement.