You may have made the decision to end your marriage, but what do you do next? The next step is actually filing with the court.
It can be confusing because the Indiana court system does not offer a form you can use to file for divorce. You must come up with your own.
Since you need to create your own divorce petition, it is imperative to ensure it is done correctly. If you have errors, the court may not accept it. The information is available to help you know what to include, but you can also seek the assistance of an attorney.
You will file your completed petition with the clerk of court in your county. You may also be able to file online.
When filing, you need to be sure you provide the court with the original documents and a copy. You will also need to file a Domestic Relations Appearance Form and a summons form when you file your documents for the divorce. Keep in mind that you will also have to pay fees when you file.
Since you are filing, you will also need to schedule the final hearing date with the court, but do know that there is a 60-day waiting period before you can have that hearing. In addition, you must ensure the court gets your property settlement agreement before your hearing. It is imperative that you check into the requirements for filing because some documents will require notarization.
Filing for divorce is just the first step in the process. It can be confusing, so it is important that you have all the background information you need before you start filing documents with the court.