Your Divorce Laws

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Residency Requirement
According to the Divorce Laws and Divorce Guidelines, to get divorced in , either one of the spouses must have been a resident of the state for 6 months

Place of Divorce (Venue)
A no-fault divorce can be filed in:
(1) county where either spouse resides
(2) the county where 1 of the spouses is a resident

A fault-based divorce can be filed in:
(1) the county where the defendant resides if resident of
(2) the county where the plaintiff resides if the defendant is not a resident
(3) the county where the spouses last lived prior to separating

Simplified or Special Divorce Procedures
A no-fault divorce on the grounds of irreconcilable differences may be granted if:
(1) a joint bill of complaint for divorce is filed by both the husband and wife;
(2) a bill of complaint has been filed and: (a) the defendant has entered an appearance by written waiver of process or (b) has been personally served with the divorce papers. In addition, if there is a written agreement between the spouses for the care and custody of any children and for the division of all property, the court may incorporate such an agreement into the divorce judgment. If the spouses cannot agree on the terms of an agreement, they must consent to the divorce in writing and consent to allow the court to decide all contested issues. There is a 60-day waiting period after filing before a hearing may be scheduled. A bill filed meeting these qualifications will be taken as proved and no testimony or proof will be required at the hearing. However, if the defendant denies that there are irreconcilable differences, the divorce may not be granted on these grounds.

Grounds for Divorce
Grounds for a No-Fault divorce:
(1) Irreconcilable differences

Grounds for a Fault based divorce:
(1) Impotence
(2) adultery
(3) imprisonment
(4) drug addiction and/or alcoholism
(5) confinement for incurable insanity for at least 3 years before the divorce is filed
(6) wife is pregnant by another while married
(7) willful desertion for at least 1 year
(8) cruel and inhuman treatment
(9) spouse lacked mental capacity to consent
(10) incest


NOTE: Regardless of the reason of the breakdown of the marriage or the reason for filing for divorce in , the Divorce Do It Yourself Service will do divorces on an "Agreed" basis or a “Default” basis.

  • An Agreed Divorce , defined by divorce guidelines and divorce laws, is a scenario where the spouses agree on the terms of the divorce such as property distribution, child support, or child custody. Most of our clients (75%) prefer the Agreed Divorce method and both spouses sign the divorce papers and are agreed to the terms of divorce.

  • A Default Divorce , from the divorce guidelines and divorce laws, is a divorce where your spouse doesn’t sign the Divorce paperwork or divorce forms. They simply doesn’t do anything at all… with the divorce. They simply default on their side of the case. And YOU who filed FIRST get whatever you ask for in the originally filed divorce forms. NICE

Missing Spouse
If your unsure of where your spouse is currently located, you may still get divorced in . A missing spouse divorce involves running an ad in your local penny newspaper. We help you through the process. Have no fear.

Wife’s Last Name Change
The wife may, if she chooses, receive her Maiden Name back during the divorce. Our Divorce Service includes this name change in our service for FREE.


Divorce Resources
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Process to file for Divorce in
There are only three basic procedural steps to a divorce:

  • File Divorce Papers for ( Divorce Forms)
  • Notify Spouse of your filing for divorce in
  • Attend your divorce hearing


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Child Custody Laws in
Non Legalese Definitions: (source: divorce process in and divorce laws)

  • Visitation is the Plan both spouses have on WHERE the children will live and WHEN the children will see each parent
  • Legal Custody is different than Visitation. It is the ability to make decisions in the lives of the children. Such as, which church they will go to and where the children will attend school.
  • Physical Custody Is the choice of where the children will live and which parent they live with.

Child Custody in a shared arrangement, is the usual preferred method of our divorce clients. If a sole-custody arrangement is what you would like, then there is usually a very good reason for it. Usually the financial status of a parent is not usually considered for allocating any parental rights and responsibilities. Shared Custody or Sole Child Custody is to be awarded according to the “best interests of the child.” That is the gold standard.

Child Support Laws
If the parents are unable to agree to an amount of child support, there are guidelines that determine the amount of support based on the Child Support Guidelines. The guideline amount is presumed to arrive at an amount of support that is in the child's best interest. But, most divorcing spouses agree to a figure on their own, that will work just fine. Also, in most situations, -0- Child Support is OK if both spouses are working and can manage. This is also true for a Legal Separation in .

Child Support Calculator
You can calculate your child support in right here.
Divorce Laws for Property Distribution
In an "Agreed Divorce" or "Default Divorce" the marital property is to be divided so that spouses agree on how to divide it. The main focus here is to agree on the division of the property…so that it doesn’t create a big fight that one party will want to go to a divorce lawyer to make the divorce into a “Contested Divorce.” Then YOU will have to incur the fees of a lawyer too. Which can be huge.

  • Debts Most couples going thru a divorce, set out who will pay what debts as part of their Marital Settlement Agreement (MSA), and close all of their joint bank accounts.
  • Alimony Laws ( Spousal Support Laws) In an Uncontested “Agreed or Default” Divorce, spousal support may be awarded to either spouse for their maintenance and support. Both parties must agree to it however…since most spouses are working, alimony (if awarded at all), is usually for a shorter period of time, and smaller amount than in the past. In the divorce laws for alimony, it is possible for alimony to be paid in one lump sum payment OR the use of a payment plan has become popular in the last 10 years as well. Alimony is not required for a person to get divorced in .

Local Court Filing Fees
The Local Court filing fees are not included in the price of our service. To file your divorce in , the court fees must usually be paid when you file the divorce at your local county courthouse. It is best to call your local county court and ask what the fees are in your County to file for divorce papers. Regardless of whether you are going through a divorce service, using a divorce kit, using a divorce attorney (or divorce lawyer), or doing a nearly free divorce in , you will always be paying the local court fees.


Divorce Laws and Guidelines