When a couple or a member thereof decides to consult our divorce lawyer to settle out of court, a first meeting is held at our office. Note that there are certain basic criteria required to sue for divorce: the couple has to be separated for a minimum of 12 months, except in cases of domestic violence, adultery, psychological abuse, etc.
Mrs. Vallelonga first assesses with the former partners what their needs are. They discuss together an agreement project in order to distribute the estate, to determine child custody as well as alimony and child support charges.
Mrs. Vallelonga summarily drafts a joint petition based on the data of this agreement. The petition shall be read to the parties during the second meeting. Once the parties have signed the petition, it is submitted to the Superior Court.
Afterwards, a delay of about two weeks is provided before the divorce takes effect.