Tips on filing for Divorce
Although my clients have me to prepare all the documents and keep track of the deadlines, they are entrenched in the emotional turmoil that they forget the process. This guide is to help you step by step of when and what documents need to be filed.
Filing a Petition for Dissolution1. You can go to your local court website, they will have the forms.
2. You fill out from FL-110 and FL-100. Make sure to fill it out as thoroughly as you can. Make sure to make the proper requests for spousal support, child support, and attorney's fees.
3. Make sure to fill out FL-150 and attach your last three paystubs.
4. Fill out FL-160 and make a list of all your assets and debts with the last 4 account numbers. Make sure to gather statements for the debts. You are not going to attach it at this time, but you will need it later.
5. Fill out FL-105 if you have children.
6. Make sure you check the local court website to see if they require any local forms. They are typically forms that you sign stating that you can file in the particular court because you reside there.
You take these forms, sign them, make three copies and take them to the court house. The court will keep the original and send you away with two copies. You keep one copy. You need to have someone over the age of eighteen to serve the other party with the remaining copy. You will need to also provide a blank response to dissolution, a blank FL-150, a blank FL-160, a blank FL-105. Then you will have the person serving sign the proof of service which is FL-115. Make sure they list the date, time and address where service took place and they put their name, address, and phone number on the second page.
You will then file the signed FL-115 with the original and two copies.
This complete the first step of preparing, filing, and serving the dissolution paperwork.
Filing Declarations of DisclosureAfter filing the initial documents, you need to prepare an FL-140 and FL-141. At this time, you should fill out a complete schedule of assets and debts and attach all statements to this form. The schedule of assets and debts doesn't get filed with the court but it does get served on the other party.