Have you decided that you want to get a divorce from your spouse, but you're not sure where to begin? It will help to know the documents that you need to get the process started.
File A Divorce Petition And Affidavit
The first thing that you need to do is file a petition for a divorce. You will fill out your name and your spouse's, where you live, the issues that you have, as well as what problems will need to be resolved. This includes things like child support, alimony, splitting assets, etc. Filing the paperwork puts the court on notice and lets them know that you have a case that needs to be resolved.
You will then have to sign an affidavit that is required for filing a divorce. This affidavit is your way of saying all of the information you are submitting is truthful. The affidavit is filed at the same time as your divorce petition, and it is just the formal way of verifying that you are not lying on any form that you submit.
Sign A Notice Of Military Duty
As odd as it may seem, you'll need to sign a document that says if your spouse is or is not serving in the military because the divorce process can be quite different if you have a spouse that is actively serving, and the court needs to know that before you move forward with a divorce. If your spouse is not in the military it will simplify the divorce process.
File A Financial Affidavit
A financial affidavit is what you fill out to let the court know about all of your finances related to the divorce. It gives a quick look at your finances to the court so that they know what they are dealing with. You will need to disclose all of your debts and liabilities as a couple, including existing home and auto loans, student loans, medical bills, credit card debts, and things of that nature. If you both owe money on something because the debt was taken on after the marriage, then it should be disclosed.
You'll also need to document how much money you make as your total income. You are do not need to fill out the information about your spouse since they have their own form that they need to fill out that is truthful about their own income. You will also disclose your expenses as well.
With a lawyer's assistance, filling out documents correctly and getting the divorce process started can be a quicker and smoother process. Contact a family law firm for more information today.