- Step 1: Meet residency requirements Meet your state’s residency requirements. Laws vary from state to state, so check your state’s court website.
- Step 2: Decide legal representation Decide if you need to hire a lawyer or are willing and able to file the paperwork on your own.
- TIP: Reasonably priced do-it-yourself legal kits are available for purchase online.
- Step 3: Complete paperwork Complete the necessary paperwork. Include provisions for the custody of children, child support and alimony payments, division of property, and current financial obligations.
- TIP: A legal separation is binding in the eyes of the courts and could dictate an eventual divorce decree. Take care when filling out the paperwork.
- Step 4: Serve papers Arrange to have law officers serve your spouse with the separation papers.
- Step 5: 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.
- FACT: The Bolsheviks pioneered the no-fault divorce after the Russian Revolution in 1917.
You Will Need
- Internet access
- Required paperwork
- Law officers
- Notary public
- Do-it-yourself legal kit (optional)
- Lawyer (optional)