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Do It Yourself Divorce Filing Tips

Form America is not a law firm. This article is not legal advice, but personal opinion based on experience. If you want to handle your divorce without an attorney, Form America LLC can help you fill out the paperwork for your state on a flat rate fee simple basis. If you need an attorney, get one. Form America is not a law firm, and this article is not intended as legal advice.

Filing for divorce can be a complicated and emotional process, but it is possible to file for divorce on your own without the help of an attorney. Here are some steps to follow for a do-it-yourself divorce filing:

  1. Research the divorce laws in your state: Each state has its own divorce laws and requirements. Research the laws and procedures in your state to ensure that you meet all the necessary requirements for a divorce filing.

  2. Determine the appropriate court: Depending on your state, you may need to file for divorce in the county where you or your spouse lives. Determine the appropriate court for your case and obtain the necessary forms from the court clerk.

  3. Fill out the necessary forms: Most states provide online forms that you can download and fill out. The forms will vary by state, but they generally include a petition for divorce, a summons, and a financial statement. Form America can make sure you have the right forms, that you fill them out right, and get you ready to file them in your courthouse. We offer a form filling service for DIY divorces at a fraction of the cost of a law firm, because we're not lawyers.

  4. Serve the papers on your spouse: Once you have completed the necessary forms, you will need to serve the papers on your spouse. Depending on your state, you may need to hire a process server or have someone over the age of 18 who is not a party to the case serve the papers.

  5. File the papers with the court: Once your spouse has been served, you will need to file the papers with the court. Make sure to include any filing fees that are required.

  6. Attend any necessary court hearings: Depending on your state, you may need to attend one or more court hearings. Make sure to follow the court's procedures and bring any necessary documents or evidence to the hearing.

  7. Follow up with the court: After the divorce is finalized, make sure to follow up with the court to obtain any necessary documents, such as a final divorce decree.

It's important to note that while it is possible to file for divorce on your own, it may be a good idea to consult with an attorney to ensure that your rights are protected and that you are making informed decisions.

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