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 matter, is important because it verifies that the person signing the document is who they say they are. The Notary Public will check identification, usually a driver’s license, of the person signing in front of them in order to verify their identity. In the case of a divorce, they will also verify that the person signing is a valid party to the divorce and that they are signing of their own free will.
This important step helps the courts know that all the signatures on the documents are valid. This could also help prevent potential claims later down the road that the divorce is invalid due to fraudulent or coerced signatures.