If you suspect your spouse will file for divorce or are considering doing so yourself, you have an important decision to make. Should you file for divorce first? In South Dakota, where you must prove grounds to file for divorce unless your spouse and you agree to it, filing first could provide you with benefits that could affect the outcome of your divorce.
First of all, you should never rush to be the first to file for divorce if you believe there is hope of reconciliation with your spouse, and you want to try that. However, if you have made the decision to file a divorce, filing first could be a good choice. The following are some important benefits to filing for divorce first:
What happens if your spouse files first? The reality is that this will not ruin your chances of obtaining a good custody arrangement for your children and a fair property settlement. If you are thinking of filing for divorce, start an online chat to schedule a free consultation with our experienced divorce attorneys.