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Filing for divorce, where do you start or begin when you want to end your marriage. When you were getting married you said that you were willing to stay with that
significant other until death do you part. If you are seeking to end your marriage, the until death do you part did not happen. Something else came between the two of
you and now you want to end the marriage in the judicial system of America's courts. Okay that's fine, but how do you file for a divorce or dissolution of marriage?
There are a couple of ways to file for a divorce, you can do it yourself or you can get a professional lawyer to help you understand the process of filing for a divorce. Then you can attain a professional attorney to represent you in the court during the court proceedings if there are any.
Do It Yourself Divorce:
If you are filing a doing it yourself divorce, you need to know what forms or paper work that needs to be completed and submitted, because if you do not complete the correct divorce forms it could have a major impact on your divorce and settlement of divorce proceedings.
First Step: file for the petition of divorce or separation - form (fl-100) this form allows you to provide the courts with basic information about you and your about to be former spouse, kids regarding the marriage. Make sure you answer all the questions completely to the best of your ability and understanding, because if important information is omitted this could be devastating to your case. Have some else who you trust or a professional lawyer look over the form with you as well.
Summons Form: This form (fl-110) notifies your spouse (wife or husband) that they are being sued for divorce and advises them about how many calendar days that they have to respond to this summons, a restraining order against them, fee waiver if they do not have them money to file a counter summons, gives them some instruction regarding property they owned together.
Second Step: Make sure when you complete the first step that you file your completed paper work with the court clerk. The courts have different fees for different filings, so fees can vary. This is where if you cannot afford the filing fee you may want to asked about the fee waiver at this point.
Third Step: All of the papers that you have completed has to serve to your going to be former spouse (wife or husband) - so have do you server
the papers to your soon to be ex-spouse. You cannot serve the paper yourself, but you can get others to service notice to your spouse that you are filing for divorce or
separation. See below of the different ways to serve someone;
Who Can File the Your Papers:
What Is Service?
"Service of process" means that the other side must get copies of any paper you file with the court. In “service of process” a third person (NOT you) is the one who actually delivers the paperwork to the other side. The person who does this is called the “server” or “process server.”Until the other side has been properly "served," the judge cannot make any permanent orders or judgments
The “server” or “process server” can be:
In all cases, the “server” or “process server” MUST: