How to File for Divorce
The following are all necessary in order to complete a no-fault divorce:
- Both spouses agree to end the marriage and comply with the requirements for a no-fault divorce
- A Marital Settlement Agreement is completed. See Marital Settlement Agreement
- A Financial Statement from both parties is completed
- The Petition or Complaint is completed along with the Consent, Appearance and Waiver form
- Child Custody Jurisdiction Form
- Final Judgment or Decree
- All legal documents must be signed in front of a notary public. The documents must then be filed with the County Clerk’s office. The Court will then arrange for a court date.
- Both parties comply with the Separation Agreement; for example, with respect to division of all property, i.e. all titles and deeds are signed over to the appropriate party.
- The person who files the papers attends the court hearing. The judge may briefly question the person filing for divorce. The judge will then state his/her findings and advise you as to the final steps to be taken.