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Complete Your Own Divorce

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Getting Started

Depending on the circumstances of your divorce, you’ll fall into 1 of 4 filing statues. These statuses are outlined here to help you understand which path to take in the Do-It-Yourself Divorce Series. When you know where to begin, you’ll start on a path that details the specifics of every form you will need to file. We’ll help you save time, avoid common mistakes, and provide expert tips to help you complete each form with confidence.

Petitioner with Minor Children

You are the Petitioner with Children if you are beginning the divorce process before your spouse and you have minor children living at home.

You will need to complete the following forms:

  1. Petition (FL-100). This form is a request for a divorce. It’s extremely important because it outlines what the major issues are and what orders you are asking for with your divorce.
  2. Summons (FL-110). This provides notice to the other party that you are requesting a divorce. It advises the person that he or she must respond to your request for a divorce within 30 days and places certain restrictions on both you and the other side.
  3. Declaration Under Uniform Child Custody and Jurisdiction Enforcement Act (UCCJEA) (FL-105). This establishes your child(ren)’s residency for the past five years.
  4. Proof of Service of Summons (FL-115). This is filled after filing for divorce and the other side has been personally served the documents by any adult other than you.
  5. Notice and Acknowledgment of Receipt (FL-117). If your spouse is cooperating with the divorce process, you can also ask him or her to sign a which meets the service requirements.
  6. Income and Expense Declaration (FL-150). This form must be filed with the Court and is a listing of all of your earnings and average monthly expenses.
  7. Schedule of Assets and Debts (FL-142). This lists everything you own and everything you owe.
  8. Declaration of Disclosure (FL-140). By signing this form, you declare that you have completed a full financial disclosure.
  9. Declaration Regarding Service of Declaration of Disclosure and Income and Expense Declaration (FL-141). This document, which is filed with the Court, means that you have provided that full financial disclosure to the Court.

Begin the Petitioner with Children path.

Petitioner without Minor Children

You are the Petitioner without Children if you are beginning the divorce process before your spouse and you do not have minor children living at home.

You will need to complete the following forms:

  1. Petition (FL-100). This form is a request for a divorce. It’s extremely important because it outlines what the major issues are and what orders you are asking for with your divorce.
  2. Summons (FL-110). This provides notice to the other party that you are requesting a divorce. It advises the person that he or she must respond to your request for a divorce within 30 days and places certain restrictions on both you and the other side.
  3. Proof of Service of Summons (FL-115). This is filled after filing for divorce and the other side has been personally served the documents by any adult other than you.
  4. Notice and Acknowledgment of Receipt (FL-117). If your spouse is cooperating with the divorce process, you can also ask him or her to sign a which meets the service requirements.
  5. Income and Expense Declaration (FL-150). This form must be filed with the Court and is a listing of all of your earnings and average monthly expenses.
  6. Schedule of Assets and Debts (FL-142). This lists everything you own and everything you owe.
  7. Declaration of Disclosure (FL-140). By signing this form, you declare that you have completed a full financial disclosure.
  8. Declaration Regarding Service of Declaration of Disclosure and Income and Expense Declaration (FL-141). This document, which is filed with the Court, means that you have provided that full financial disclosure to the Court.

Begin the Petitioner without Children path.

Respondent with Minor Children

You are the Respondent with Children if you are replying to the divorce process your spouse began and you have minor children living at home.

You will need to complete the following forms:

  1. Response (FL-120). This allows to the Court to see your side of the story.
  2. Declaration Under Uniform Child Custody and Jurisdiction Enforcement Act (UCCJEA) (FL-105). This establishes your child(ren)’s residency for the past five years.
  3. Income and Expense Declaration (FL-150). This form must be filed with the Court and is a listing of all of your earnings and average monthly expenses.
  4. Schedule of Assets and Debts (FL-142). This lists everything you own and everything you owe.
  5. Declaration of Disclosure (FL-140). By signing this form, you declare that you have completed a full financial disclosure.
  6. Declaration Regarding Service of Declaration of Disclosure and Income and Expense Declaration (FL-141). This document, which is filed with the Court, means that you have provided that full financial disclosure to the Court.

Begin the Respondent with Children path.

Respondent without Minor Children

You are the Respondent without Children if you are replying to the divorce process your spouse began and you do not have minor children living at home.

You will need to complete the following forms:

  1. Response (FL-120). This allows to the Court to see your side of the story.
  2. Income and Expense Declaration (FL-150). This form must be filed with the Court and is a listing of all of your earnings and average monthly expenses.
  3. Schedule of Assets and Debts (FL-142). This lists everything you own and everything you owe.
  4. Declaration of Disclosure (FL-140). By signing this form, you declare that you have completed a full financial disclosure.
  5. Declaration Regarding Service of Declaration of Disclosure and Income and Expense Declaration (FL-141). This document, which is filed with the Court, means that you have provided that full financial disclosure to the Court.

Begin the Respondent without Children path.

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