Divorce Form

Divorce is, almost invariably, an emotional and stressful experience. Whether or not you’re planning to hire a lawyer, your process will begin with completing and filing reams of the appropriate state-specific divorce forms with the family law department of the relevant county court house.

No Fault Divorce, Residency Requirements

No-fault divorce, a system in which the dissolution of a marriage doesn’t require any allegation or proof of fault by either party, is available in many jurisdictions of the United States of America. Typically, the only thing an applicant needs to show is that they have been separated from their spouse for at least twelve months time. The divorce application can be made by either party or by both parties. A lawyer may not even be necessary, although it is best to check the requirements of the state wherein you intend to file.

Residency requirements vary from state to state. A couple may separate and one spouse may move to a state with divorce laws they deem favorable and then apply for divorce. This usually doesn’t affect which state’s courts will determine property and other issues, however.

Filing Your Own Divorce

If you are in a situation wherein your divorce is not contested, you may consider filing your own divorce. It is certainly an option in this case. It will save you a lot in lawyer fees. Additionally, you and your soon-to-be-ex-spouse will have complete and total control over your own divorce. If you do decide to do this and take a do-it-yourself approach, you will not be alone in making this decision. You will in fact join the thousands of people who, every year and in a great many diverse jurisdictions, successfully file their own divorce without even needing to hire a divorce lawyer. For example, it has been suggested that over fifty percent of uncontested divorces filed in New York City are filed without employing the services of a divorce lawyer.

Make Sure You Have the State-Specific Paperwork

A successful divorce starts with filing the correct state-specific divorce papers or forms. Each state has its own unique divorce laws. This means that the filing procedure and paperwork necessary to obtain a divorce will vary from state to state. The difference from one state to another may or may not be significant, so be sure to research the laws of any and all states in which you are eligible to file before filing in case there is a better option for you.

Forms for the state you choose may be available in PDF form online; this can save you a trip to your local courthouse.