When speaking with new clients I am often asked: "Does it matter who
files for divorce first?"- And my response is always: "absolutely
not." This is because in
divorce cases the Court treats both parties equally. Thus, neither party gets
an upper-hand by simply filling out the paper work first.
Actually, depending on your case, it may be to your advantage to let your
spouse file the Petition first. This is because the Petitioner usually
ends up having to spend more money on filing fees and attorney fees. The
reason the Petitioner generally ends up paying more is because the cost
to file a petition is higher than the cost of a response, and the Court
usually asks the Petitioner to be in charge of filing all mutual documents,
and set hearing dates. These small costs can add up, and by being the
Respondent you could avoid those additional small costs.
If you wish to schedule a consultation with the
Denver divorce attorney at Jones Law Firm, PC,
call our office today.