When a family decides to divorce, a spouse hires an attorney to write up a petition for the divorce settlements - which may include a separation of the assets, alimony and child support. The attorney then files the petition with the court, at which the other spouse is notified of the petition as well.
Each spouse and their attorneys draw up information and resolutions, of which the assets, alimony and child support, are divided. The information is then presented as a settlement to a judge, who approves the settlement with each spouse. If the judge or another spouse disagrees with the settlement, the case goes to trial. Attorneys represent each spouse at trial, at which the judge makes a decision of the final settlement and grants the official divorce.