Does it matter who files for divorce first?

Asked on June 9, 2009 under Family Law, Texas


J.M.A., Member in Good Standing of the Connecticut Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 11 years ago | Contributor

I am a lawyer in CT.  The short answer to your question is no - it makes no difference who files first. Usually, people want to file first because they can control the pleadings and process.  If you believe that the divorce is going to be a long drawn out litigation, then you want to file the first shot and take charge.  if you do not think that you will be fighting and there are not a lot of disputed issues, then it really doesnt matter.

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