Does It Matter Who Files For Divorce First?

The simple answer is usually NO. The person who files for divorce is the Petitioner because they file the petition for dissolution of marriage. The responding party is the Respondent. Both parties will have to pay the first appearance fee or filing fees in order to file either the petition or response. Either party may file for temporary orders. The really only advantage would be the Petitioner would present their case first if the case were to proceed to trial.

If you considering filing for divorce, it is important that you consult with a local experience family law attorney. Please call the attorneys at the Law Offices of H. William Edgar to discuss your options and rights regarding your divorce. If you are asking yourself “Does it matter who files for divorce first?” then call our office to discuss your options today.