Once you have decided to file for divorce from your spouse, you will need to learn how it works. There are many factors to consider when filing for divorce. Every divorce case is unique.
You will need to meet your state's residency requirements or waiting period. Be sure to find out of you need to file with the District Court or Circuit Court in your area. You or your divorce attorney will file a petition for divorce or dissolution with the court clerk's office. You will then pay a filing fee. If you cannot afford it, there may be a waiver available. Your attorney can possibly e-file your divorce papers and forms.
If you have minor children, you must request a child support order and decide about child custody. You may also qualify for spousal support or alimony, but you must ask for it. The court may give you temporary orders for support while your divorce is ongoing. Final divorce orders will be in your divorce decree.
If your divorce isn't complicated, you may want to do it yourself. The forms below could help. We've got articles and legal resources to help you navigate the process.
Below you'll find links to divorce forms and worksheets by state. Not every state has approved forms available, but they may have examples to help you along. To get an overview of the divorce process, download FindLaw's Guide to Getting a Divorce. You can also purchase a form customized for your state.
District of Columbia
- Forms (Court Assistance Office)
- Divorce forms: Scroll down the page for “Divorce" forms (Iowa Judicial Branch)
- All Forms: Select "Family and Children" on the left-hand side of the page to find “Dissolution of Marriage / Divorce Forms" (Kentucky Court of Justice)
- Family Law Forms: Scroll down the page for “Family Matters" forms (Maryland Judiciary)
- OCAP Self Help Forms: You must create an account to fill out forms (Utah Online Court Assistance Program)
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Divorce comes with legal complications as well as emotional turmoil. Understanding your state's divorce timeline for filings, discovery, hearings, and court orders is critical.
If you have experienced domestic violence in your marriage, you may need a restraining order. If you have children together, you will need a special parenting plan to protect you during the process. It's a good idea to seek legal advice.
Having an attorney is the only way to make sure your rights are protected. Finding the right divorce attorney to guide you through this period can make the experience more tolerable for you, as well as bring you financial peace of mind. Get started today and find a referral for an experienced divorce attorney near you.