If you want to know how to get a divorce without a lawyer, these are the steps you need to take.
1. Decide where to file for divorce
States have residency requirements that you must meet before you can file for divorce there. Normally, you and your spouse must live in the state for a period of time — six months, for example — before a court will allow you to file for divorce.
You also normally have to file for divorce in the county or parish where you and/or your spouse reside. So, you have to look for the right court for your case.
2. Familiarize yourself with the divorce requirements in the concerned country
There are additional requirements for filing for divorce in different states, beyond simply being a resident. You may need to live separately for a while, for example. While every state has no-fault divorce, some states allow other grounds or grounds for divorce as well.
Some countries recognize contractual marriage. If you are in a covenant marriage, there may be additional requirements that you need to meet, such as getting marriage counseling first or proving that something went wrong, before you can file for divorce.
3. Work with your spouse to reach an agreement out of court
Divorce can be appealed or not.
In the case of a contested divorce, you go to court and argue for your preferred outcome. It is possible to represent yourself in court in the case of a contested divorce, but things are more complicated. This is because you need to know what evidence to present in a court hearing, how to present that evidence so that it is admissible and convincing, and what legal arguments you can and cannot present.
An uncontested divorce is simpler and requires you and your spouse to agree on the grounds for divorce and on all issues involved including how custody of children and joint marital assets will be divided. If you’re hoping to get a divorce on your own, you should agree on the issues and create your own parenting plan and divorce settlement agreement to make the process as easy as possible.
4. Submit the papers to the court
You will need to file the appropriate papers with the court to initiate the divorce. You will also need to make sure that your spouse has been properly notified and that you can prove that she obtained the divorce papers.
A large amount of forms and documents must be submitted to the court in any divorce proceeding. Depending on where you live, this starts with:
- call up
- Request for divorce
- Service guide
- Waiver of Operation Service
Additional forms are necessary as the divorce progresses. Your court may provide these forms online for do-it-yourself divorce cases, and there are also online services where you can purchase a set of forms (sometimes for a flat rate). However, be aware that it can be difficult to know which papers you actually need to submit and what information to include in them. This is one of the big reasons why it is best for most people to hire an attorney to help them through the divorce process.
5. Complete pre-trial requirements
There may be The steps you need to take before you can proceed to finalize the divorce.
This can include requesting temporary orders that must be decided by a court before moving forward, such as a temporary child support order. You must also provide financial disclosures and provide information to the designated guardian or legal guardian if you are involved in a custody dispute.
6. Go to court
You may need to go to court to finalize your divorce, even if your divorce was uncontested. Make sure you come to the hearing on time and ready to give evidence if you are asking the judge to make any decisions in your case.