To start your divorce:
If both spouses agree to get divorced, even if you don't agree on the division of property, you may wish to file a Joint Petition for Divorce , together with a Personal Data Sheet . Using a Joint Petition to begin the divorce process avoids the cost of formal service of legal papers.
Otherwise, if you want to file as an individual, you will file a Petition for Divorce , together with a Personal Data Sheet . Your spouse will need to be notified about this divorce. That notification will happen either by your spouse picking up the divorce papers at the court, or by you sending the papers by certified mail or through the sheriff.
Once the petition has been filed, gather the information and documents required under Rule 1.25-A.
To complete your divorce, you will need to file:
- Financial Affidavits completed by each party
- Vital Statistics form
Must be completed for divorce, legal separation, civil union dissolution or annulment to be final.
- Final Decree on Divorce or Legal Separation
If you need an order of the court before completing your divorce, you may request a temporary hearing on the petition. You will need to file a Temporary Decree on Divorce or Legal Separation prior to the temporary hearing.