Faqs (Frequently Asked Questions)
Below we have provided answers to the questions we are most often asked. If you do not find your question and answer below, please contact us at 1-800-680-9052. We are avialable Mon. - Fri. 9am to 5pm EST to answer any questions you may have.
How Do I Know Which State to File in?
You typically file for divorce in the state in which you or your spouse resides. If you have recently moved to a new state and wish to file in that new state, you may have to establish a residency requirement prior to filing. We have provided the residency requirements for each state which can be accessed here.
If you are in the military and are stationed on a base outside your residency state, you typically are able to file in that state or in your residency state.
If you are in the military and are stationed overseas, you would typically file in your home residency state.
How Much Are the Filing and/or Court Fees?
The filing and/or court fees are not included in this service and typically range from $50.00 to $250.00 in total depending on your location of filing and whether or not you have children. The 3StepDivorce service will yield the lowest filing fee for you because both you and your spouse are in agreement.
How Long Will the Process Take?
The process takes an average of 1 hour to answer the required questions and generate the documents. Once you file the documents with the court according the filing instructions we provide you, the length of time will vary depending on the number of cases in front of yours. Each court has only one or just a few Judges, Masters, or Referees to review all the pending cases.
Should I File or Should My Spouse File?
As a rule of thumb, the spouse who really wants the divorce to be finalized should do the filing. Since your divorce is uncontested, technically it does not make a difference who files.
Where and How Do I File My Documents?
The documents are filed at your local county courthouse in the family law or domestic relations division or department. The 3StepDivorce service will provide you with easy to understand step-by-step instructions for filing your documents.
Can I Mail or Fax My Documents to the Clerk?
Many courts do permit you to mail and/or fax the documents. This will vary from county to county and state to state, so it will be best to check with the clerk at the courthouse when you are ready to file.
Do I Have to Go to Court?
Depending on your state and your situation, you may not have to attend a short hearing. Most of the time when a hearing is required, it only lasts 10-15 minutes and only the filing spouse must attend. The hearing is when you will be granted your divorce and the judge will sign the final judgment or decree.
Do I Have to Also Hire a Lawyer?
The 3StepDivorce premium divorce service is designed for you to do your own uncontested divorce without hiring a lawyer. You will be acting as your own lawyer and filing for your own divorce. Should you need or desire legal advice or should your divorce become contested, we do suggest you hire the services of a lawyer.
Will My Name Also Be Changed?
The wife has the option to change her name back to her former or maiden name through the 3StepDivorce service.
When is the Divorce Actually Finalized?
The divorce is typically finalized when the Judge signs the final judgment or decree.