PLEASE NOTE: THESE FORMS CAN ONLY BE FILED SIXTY (60) DAYS AFTER THE PETITION FOR DISSOLUTION HAS BEEN FILED.
FOR ALL CASES INVOLVING CHILDREN: CHILD SUPPORT OBLIGATION WORKSHEET MUST BE COMPLETED AND SIGNED BY ALL PARTIES
Conflicts over parenting time and custody may put yoUR CHILD(REN)’S HEALTH AND WELL-being at risk. You and your spouse are encouraged to participate in the Up To Parents free service. If children are involved, you may be required to attend a class on the effects of divorce on children and the family.Residence Requirements
Prior to filing your Petition for Dissolution, you must reside in Indiana for six (6) months and in the county where the petition is to be filed for ninety (90) days.Filing Fees and Costs
The court charges a filing fee in all new divorce cases. This is the only fee that you are required to pay throughout your case. Post-dissolution issues do not require additional fees to be paid. This is a one-time charge.How to Serve Divorce Papers
For the divorce to actually proceed, the court will need proof that your spouse was served with the petition. Serving the paperwork is the crucial step that gets the divorce process started. The court CANNOT proceed without proper service. To learn more, please see our section on Obtaining Proper Service.Provisional (Temporary) Order
People in a divorce are not always thinking clearly under the stress of the situation and poor decisions are made. Provisional Orders are orders the court may issue during the time a divorce case is pending, such orders provide clear cut rules for everyone to play by, and they set important boundaries for the behavior of both parties. These are only temporary orders – and are not intended to last forever.Waiting Period
No divorce can be granted until at least sixty (60) days have passed following the date of filing the Petition for Dissolution. This is a minimum time period. During the waiting period, you can begin to work out details of custody, parenting time, support, and property settlement. Indiana law permits a waiver of the final hearing. This means that an uncontested (not opposed by your spouse) divorce may be submitted to the Court for approval without either party appearing in court.Petitioner / Respondent
Once you are established as the Petitioner or the Respondent that is the role you will take on for the life of your case. The Petitioner is the individual who initiated the original case.Child Support Obligation Worksheet (CSOW)
For cases involving children, this form MUST be completed and signed by all parties. This is to be submitted with all cases that involve child support.
Disclaimer: This website was created to provide valuable information, court forms, and various resources for people who represent themselves in court. It should be noted, however, that self-representation should not be taken lightly, and that there are many instances in which hiring a lawyer is a good idea. In fact, we suggest that even if you use the forms provided on this site, you still talk with a lawyer prior to submitting them to a court. The Self Help Center should not be considered a substitute for legal advice. The Judicial branch is NOT responsible for any errors or omissions on this website.