Divorce Help Center
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 available Mon. - Fri. 9 am to 5 pm EST to help you get the answers you need.
State Help Centers:
How Do I Know Which State to File in?
One would typically file for divorce in the state in which he or she or his or her 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 a brief overview of the residency requirements for each state which can be accessed above.
How Much Are the Filing and/or Court Fees?
The filing and/or court fees are not included in our fee and typically range from $50.00 to $350.00 in total depending on your location of filing and whether or not you have children. The 3StepDivorce service will typically help you 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 less than 1 hour to answer the required questions and generate the documents. Once you file your 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, for uncontested divorces, 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 or 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 where 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 software and 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™ solution.
When is the Divorce Actually Finalized?
The divorce is typically finalized when the Judge signs the final judgment or decree. We give a window of 30-90 days from the filing date, but this will vary due to case load at the courthouse and any mandatory waiting periods.
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"I had a very amicable divorce and this web site was perfect for our needs. I heard nightmares from my friends on the cost of getting a divorce and since my ex and I were in agreement I didn't feel that it was necessary to send someone else's kids to college. The step by step approach made it very easy for me to complete all of the necessary forms. I was a little nervous that I was missing something because it seemed a little too easy."
~ Stephen S., Pennsylvania
"Great service! Our divorce was very friendly and simple, but we are in different areas of the country, so this was easy to use because both of us could access it and update it. Plus it saved us about $2000! Thanks for providing the service and the help with our questions."
~ David H., California
"A thousand kudos to you and your professional staff and excellent service. Without your help I would have spent thousands of dollars for no good reason. The documents were prepared without flaw, and my divorce was granted on the terms that were agreed upon without any problems whatsoever. The time frame from initial filing to final decree was less than a month."
~ Michael D., New York
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