Category Archives: Filing Procedures

Notarizing Documents is Part of the Process

Many people overlook getting their divorce documents notarized before taking them to the court to file. Many people also do not understand what is actually happening when they get those documents notarized. Notarizing divorce documents, or any document for that … Continue reading

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Finalizing the Divorce

Finalizing a divorce means that the judge signs the divorce decree ending the marriage. The route to this point may vary depending upon whether or not the divorce is contested or uncontested, but at some point, sometimes after a short … Continue reading

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Divorcing Outside the United States

Divorcing someone who lives outside the United States can be done, but it may add complications that make it more difficult than a purely domestic divorce. Each state has its own divorce laws, and each state maintains jurisdiction over all … Continue reading

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Redacting Social Security Numbers from Divorce Documents

The pro se filer should pay attention to those divorce documents that include a Social Security number, and make inquiries about redaction. County clerks and records maintain property and tax records (such as mortgages and liens) as well as divorce, … Continue reading

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Divorcing a Missing Spouse

Many times people marry and then separate without divorcing. Later, for any number of reasons, one spouse then faces the task of divorcing a missing spouse. To do so, the divorcing spouse must ask the court for permission to make … Continue reading

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Your Case, Cause, Index or Docket Number

When a divorce action begins with the filing of the complaint in the clerk’s office of the local county courthouse, the action receives a number. The number is called the case or docket or index number, and it appears prominently … Continue reading

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Divorce Vital Statistics

Coming and going – that is, getting married and getting divorced – are matters of public record. When someone divorces, a record of that action becomes what is called a vital statistic. All the jurisdictions record divorces in an office … Continue reading

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Do I Need a Lawyer to Get a Divorce

No one needs to hire a lawyer to get a divorce. The right of a party to a legal action to represent his or her own cause has long been recognized in the United States, and even predates the ratification … Continue reading

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Name Change During the Divorce Process

As part of a divorce, many woman, particularly those without children. reclaim their maiden names. All jurisdictions permit a woman to do this as a step in the divorce paperwork, and the divorce decree or judgment reflects the name change … Continue reading

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Uncontested Divorce Does Not Mean No-Fault Divorce

An uncontested divorce is a marital breakup that is resolved by agreement or by proceeding by default. A default divorce happens when the respondent or defendant fails to respond to the issues alleged in the petition or complaint. In an … Continue reading

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