Up next in How to Find Public Records & Legal Documents (20 videos)
Learn how to access important documents with these videos.
You Will Need
- Internet access
- Required paperwork
- Law officers
- Notary public
- Do-it-yourself legal kit (optional)
- Lawyer (optional)
Meet residency requirements
Meet your state’s residency requirements. Laws vary from state to state, so check your state’s court website.
Decide legal representation
Decide if you need to hire a lawyer or are willing and able to file the paperwork on your own.
Complete the necessary paperwork. Include provisions for the custody of children, child support and alimony payments, division of property, and current financial obligations.
Arrange to have law officers serve your spouse with the separation papers.
File the paperwork
File the paperwork, with notarized signatures, if both parties are in agreement. A judge will need to decide the matter if a spouse contests any part of the petition.