Understand that a provisional order or separation agreement can and most of the time does affect the final divorce settlement agreement. Do not conform to anything in the separation agreement unless you feel you can live with it once the divorce is concluded.
Frequently the original petition of divorce is filed ahead a separation agreement. It all depends on what state you file in and that state’s laws for civil procedure. If filing your petition comes first or later, it will ultimately happen, and there are points you want to know about how it is finished and everything it holds. If you file the original petition, the divorce procedure begins once a summons is served against your spouse. Depending on whatever state you live in your spouse will have a specific number of days to answer to the summons for divorce. Once there is an answer, the ball starts moving.
The original petition that you file will concisely state the grounds upon which the divorce is attempted and a short outline of what you are trying for in the divorce. The judge who will present the petition is not affected by how you feel about the divorce or whatever mistakes you feel your spouse has made. Hold it short and to the point!