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Filing Divorce Papers



After hiring an experienced divorce lawyer, the first step in obtaining a divorce is preparing the necessary paperwork and filing it with the state court that has proper jurisdiction. This begins the legal process and ensures that the other spouse will be notified about the divorce proceedings.

Generally, each state requires the spouse seeking divorce to file a Petition for Divorce (in some states called a Petition for Dissolution), which begins the divorce proceedings. Most states have different forms depending on whether the divorce is contested or uncontested or if there are children involved. As a result, some or all of the following forms may also be necessary:

  • Motion for Fee Waiver
  • Requests for temporary or provisional orders
  • Statements of marital and non-marital assets and debts
  • Forms related to children and custody
  • Forms disclosing any potential domestic abuse
  • Submitting the actual Separation Agreement or Divorce Decree for the judge's approval

Each state has a different form for filing a divorce, and many states put their forms online for their residents' convenience. The forms are available at the links in the following table.

Alabama

Alabama Courts E-Forms website

Alaska

Divorce Forms and Instructions

Arizona

Arizona Forms Self-Service Center

Arkansas

Court Forms - Domestic Relations Division

California

Forms & Instructions for Divorce, Legal Separation & Annulment Cases

Colorado

Domestic/Family Forms

Connecticut

Official Court Forms - Family

Delaware

Divorce Forms

Florida

Family Law Self-Help Forms

Georgia

Forms available by County (e.g. DeKalb and Fulton)

Hawaii

Divorce Forms

Idaho

Self-Help Center Family Law Forms

Illinois

Divorce/Separation Packets (provided by the Southern Illinois University School of Law)

Indiana

Indiana Court Forms

Iowa

Family Law Self-Help Forms

Kansas

Pro se Divorce Forms

Kentucky

Only some family-related forms are available

Louisiana

Forms available by Parish (e.g. Baton Rouge)

Maine

Judicial Branch Forms

Maryland

Domestic Relations Forms

Massachusetts

Divorce, Annulment, and Separation Forms

Michigan

Domestic Relations Forms

Minnesota

Divorce/Dissolution Forms

Mississippi

No online court forms available

Missouri

Court Forms

Montana

Divorce/Dissolution, Separation, and Annulment Forms

Nebraska

Simple Divorce Forms

Nevada

Pro se Divorce Forms

New Hampshire

Divorce and Parental Rights Forms

New Jersey

Forms are currently unavailable online

New Mexico

Divorce and Paternity Forms

New York

Matrimonial Matters Divorce Forms

North Carolina

Judicial Forms Search

North Dakota

Self-Represented Divorce Forms

Ohio

Forms available for some Counties (e.g. Claremont)

Oklahoma

Domestic/Family Law Forms

Oregon

Optional Statewide Family Law Forms

Pennsylvania

Forms from Office of Children and Families in the Courts

Rhode Island

Family Court Forms

South Carolina

Family Court Forms

South Dakota

Unified Judicial System Forms

Tennessee

Tennessee Court Forms

Texas

Divorce Forms and Information

Utah

Online Court Assistance Program

Vermont

Family Court Forms

Virginia

Domestic Relations Forms and Instructions

Washington

Divorce Forms

Washington D.C.

Family Court Forms Provided by the Washington D.C. Bar

West Virginia

Divorce Packet Forms

Wisconsin

Pro se Divorce and Separation information by County

Wyoming

Divorce and Child Support Pro Se information

Additionally, RocketLawyer contains helpful information regarding what forms and information are necessary for filing a divorce, and provides a worksheet that can be particularly helpful for organizing necessary information before meeting with a divorce lawyer.