How to Divorce
You’ve decided you’re ready to get divorced, but what do you need to do next? You need to learn how the process works. While divorce is generallly an adversarial action, pitting spouse against spouse, the following articles and legal resources are tailored toward helping individuals navigate the process as smoothly as possible. This section covers no fault divorces, where to file for divorce, serving and answering a divorce petition, the discovery and general family court process, divorce records and related privacy issues, child support and custody, divorce mediation, and more. You’ve come to the right place for an overview of the divorce process.
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Where to File for Divorce
The process and requirements for filing divorce often differ depending on the state, county, or district. In this section, you’ll find a number of considerations to keep in mind when determining where to file.
Eligibility for Summary Divorce
Summary divorce is a streamlined divorce process that can save you time and money. Learn about the advantages of summary divorce and the eligibility requirements involved.
Filing and Serving the Divorce Petition
A guide to "serving" divorce papers on your spouse. This section provides information on the process and requirements of serving divorce papers, including where to file the petition and how to serve it.
Answering the Divorce Petition
Information on what to do after you’ve been served with divorce papers. Learn about what the answer should contain and the consequences of failing to respond to divorce papers.
Divorce Residency Requirements FAQ
Answers to frequently asked questions on residency and domicile, out-of-state divorces, and the effect of residency on child custody determinations, including a listing of durational residency requirements by state.
Settlement Agreements and Court Approval
Most divorce cases reach a settlement before having to go to trial. This section provides information on settlement agreements, partial settlement, the advantages of settling, and court approval.