Can I process my own divorce?
The 'simplified' (do-it-yourself) divorce or dissolution procedure is available in law, but is not suitable for everyone. For example, you can't use it if you have young children. As a guide, you're likely to be able to sort out your divorce or dissolution yourself if: There are no children aged under the age of 16.
Is it better for me to file for divorce first?
One of the main legal advantages that a person gains by filing the divorce petition before his or her spouse does is that the filer can request a Standing Order from the court when filing the petition. If the matter should go to a hearing, the person who files the petition usually presents his or her case first.
Is it better to get a legal separation before a divorce?
A legal separation is reversible. If you get divorced, there is no going back. Legal separations may also be easier for your children, because you remain married and it does not sound as devastating and final as a divorce. In some states, a separation is required before you can get a divorce under certain grounds.