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Is There a Benefit to Filing for Divorce Before My Spouse?


If you have considered filing for divorce, you may be wondering whether or not you would benefit from "striking first"—meaning, serving your spouse with divorce papers before they have the chance to serve you. Generally, there is no foreseeable advantage to beating your spouse to the punch. Whether you are the petitioner or the respondent, the judge would be prohibited from drawing conclusions about either party based solely on the fact that they were the one to file or, oppositely, be served.

Simply put, if you are sure that you want to get divorced, you have very little to gain from waiting; if you are unsure about whether or not divorce is the right choice for you, you probably shouldn't be filing in the first place. As long as you have clear goals in mind for your divorce, it will not matter who takes the first step. Having represented family law cases since 1981, the Orange County divorce attorney at The Law Offices of W. Douglas McKeague understands that every couple will face a unique set of challenges.

There is no "one size fits all" solution to divorce, so it may be in your best interest to work with a lawyer who is willing to invest the personalized attention that your case deserves. This is exactly what you will get when you work with our firm. With more than 30 years of experience and an impressive track record of courtroom success, we know what it takes to resolve difficult family law matters in an effective and amicable manner. From beginning to end, we will be there to protect your best interests.

Call now to find out how the team at The Law Offices of W. Douglas McKeague can assist you. Divorce is a complicated process that requires the attention of an experienced legal professional.

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