Cross-Petitions for Divorce in Indianapolis
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In the state of Indiana, anyone can file for a divorce from their spouse
at any time and for any reason – this is directly caused by the
fact that Indiana is a no-fault divorce state. While there is obviously
some benefits to this system, such as being able to file at one’s
own convenience and pace, there are also some opportunities for downsides
There are two sides to every divorce:
Petitioner: The person who actually files for divorce and needs to serve the papers
to their spouse.
Respondent: The spouse who is served the papers, or is otherwise told that the petitioner
is ending the marriage.
One major problem in particular stems from the fact that the petitioner
can say or list virtually anything they want when they are filing for
divorce, and the respondent has no idea of what is being said. To address
this issue, a cross-petition can be used.
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What Does a Cross-Petition Do?
If you are the respondent in your divorce, you should really know what
your spouse has said about you in the original petition. Oftentimes, it
is less-than-favorable things, despite there being no
precise legal reason to cite blame in the divorce.
By creating your own petition, or a cross-petition, you can do two important things:
Speak your mind: In your cross-petition, you can list all the reasons why you think your
spouse is at-fault for the divorce, if need be. More importantly, you
can argue why you should be granted particular benefits or rights in the
divorce, such as primary
child custody or
Solidify the divorce: If you are only the respondent, the petitioner can cancel the divorce at
any time without your input. With a cross-petition in place, you will
both have to withdraw from the divorce if you want it to stop, giving
you more control of what is happening.
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Divorces are not going to be a particularly pleasant for everyone involved,
but matters only get worse when there are complications or questionable
motives behind the petition. If you need support, please do not hesitate
to contact our
divorce attorneys in Indianapolis at your earliest convenience. With our guidance and legal know-how, we
should be able to find a resolution to your dispute or concerns with as
little stress or weight on your shoulders as possible.