September 16, 2019 Substantive Law

So You’re Getting Divorced: What to Expect and How to Proceed

By Jennifer S. Tier

Reprinted with permission from Family Advocate, Summer 2019 (42:1), at 4-6. ©2019 by the American Bar Association. All rights reserved. This information or any or portion thereof may not be copied or disseminated in any form or by any means or stored in an electronic database or retrieval system without the express written consent of the American Bar Association.

Can I stop the divorce?

If you are not the spouse who filed for divorce, you probably cannot stop the proceeding. If your spouse wants to get a divorce, he or she has a right to do so—no state will force a spouse to remain married.

If you are the spouse who filed for divorce, you can usually stop the process by withdrawing your petition for a divorce as long as your spouse has not filed his or her own petition for divorce.

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