Can I really get a divorce online? Requirements, costs and the process
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How to get a divorce online

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Depending on your circumstances, you may be able to complete the process of obtaining a divorce online.

By the time you or your spouse have come to the difficult decision to divorce, the last thing you want to think about is navigating a potentially complicated and expensive process.

There are various ways to get a divorce, but not all of them need to be difficult. If you and your spouse can agree on the terms of the divorce, for example, you may be able to complete the process online.

Here’s what you need to know to get started: the requirements, the costs, and what paths you can take to complete the divorce.

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Can I really get an online divorce?

While specific requirements of your divorce will depend on the state you live in, if you and your spouse agree on the terms of your divorce — meaning you agree to an uncontested divorce — you should not have to appear in court.

It is possible to complete your divorce by drafting an agreement, filling out the appropriate forms and then sending those forms to the court.

Before you and your spouse can be divorced, you both need to reach an agreement on the divorce terms.

What is an uncontested divorce?

In general, there are two types of divorce: contested and uncontested.

Your divorce is uncontested if you and your spouse agree on the full terms of your divorce. For most uncontested divorces, you will not have to appear in court. Instead, you can draft an agreement, complete the appropriate forms, and then send those forms to the court.

If you and your spouse do not agree on the full terms of your divorce — for instance, you can’t agree on property or custody — your divorce is considered contested. Even if you and your spouse disagree on some issues, you may be able to avoid going to court through mediation or other alternative paths.

How much will an online divorce cost?

A typical online divorce service preparing documents for an uncontested divorce will charge $300 to $500. The cost varies by your state’s required forms and filing procedures.

Compare that cost to an attorney, which could charge from $5,000 to $10,000 or more for the same forms and similar services.
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Will I need an attorney?

You do not need an attorney for an uncontested divorce. As long as you and your spouse have reached an agreement on all matters related to your divorce, it’s considered a more straightforward dissolution of marriage.

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How do I prepare for filing online?

Online divorce services are for couples who can work together on divorce terms and agree on most issues. To use one, you need to:

  • Know where your spouse is.
  • Agree with your spouse on the division of assets and property, as well as any child-related matters.

Once you purchase a plan with your online divorce service, you’re given the relevant divorce forms for your county and state.

How to get a divorce online

Online divorce services like Wevorce and MyDivorcePapers make it easy to quickly get the divorce process rolling.

While the signup process may vary by service, in general you’ll:

  1. Go to the online divorce service website.
  2. Enter your name and contact information.
  3. Specify where you’re filing and whether you have children.
  4. Indicate your spouse’s information and whether you know their whereabouts.
  5. Enter a payment method and confirm to start the process.

Getting a divorce online — now what?

If you’ve signed up for an online divorce service, you will be presented with the divorce forms you need to complete. You will also be given instructions on how to file the documents with your local court.

Your online divorce service guides you from the beginning to the end of the process.

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    MattFebruary 18, 2019

    How long does the online divorce usually take? I know it varies of course but an estimated time line would be helpful. I will be filing in Florida if that helps.

    • finder Customer Care
      JhezelynFebruary 19, 2019Staff

      Hi Matt,

      Thank you for your comment.

      A divorce filed online (just like those that are filed manually in Florida) can take anywhere between 3 and 24 months depending on whether it is contested or uncontested. The average uncontested divorce takes 3 months. The average contested divorce takes 12 months. The amount of time varies according to the judge, the county, and the will of the parties to speed things up or delay.

      Regards,
      Jhezelyn

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    MarthaJanuary 26, 2019

    How do I obtain my maiden name after my divorce is done?

    • finder Customer Care
      JoshuaJanuary 27, 2019Staff

      Hi Martha,

      Thanks for getting in touch with finder. I hope all is well with you. :)

      Typically, you should have indicated in your divorce case the desire to return to your previous name. After that, you need to testify in the court that you want to change your name. From there, you get your certified copies of your divorce documents and head to the nearest social security office.

      Moreover, it would also be a good idea to directly get in touch with the court or with your legal adviser to know the specific steps on how you can accomplish your goal.

      I hope this helps. Should you have further questions, please don’t hesitate to reach us out again.

      Have a wonderful day!

      Cheers,
      Joshua

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    WilliamJanuary 8, 2019

    Divorce papers please send

    • finder Customer Care
      nikkiangcoJanuary 10, 2019Staff

      Hi William,

      Thanks for getting in touch! We don’t have divorce papers available for dissemination. To get divorce papers, you must download it from the online divorce website. Hope this clarifies!

      Best,
      Nikki

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    majidOctober 15, 2018

    i am British sitzen i live in London an i marred with an lady iraqie had an refuge protection in Bulgaria on 23-8-2016 the married registered in Bulgaria we didn’t live together we have problem i like to divorce she dint like that what i do

    • finder Customer Care
      johnbasanesOctober 16, 2018Staff

      Hi Majid,

      Thank you for leaving a question.

      The page we are on is specific to marriages that happened in the United States. You may need to contact your local government on the process for divorce in your area to be able to start the process. The process for a divorce in the UK are as follows:
      Find valid grounds for divorce. To file for divorce your marriage must have irretrievably broken down by establishing one of the five available ‘facts’.
      File the divorce petition.
      Apply for a decree nisi.
      Apply for a decree absolute.
      Hope this helps!

      Cheers,
      Reggie

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    AOctober 15, 2018

    My husband moved from California to Louisiana a little over a month ago. I’m currently studying abroad in a different country for the past two years. Our main question is where should we file? California? Or do we have to wait for him to live a certain amount of time and then file in Louisiana?
    Thanks.

    • finder Customer Care
      AnndyOctober 15, 2018Staff

      Hi A,

      Thanks for your question.

      Both California and Louisiana have residency requirements to file for divorce. In California, you must have lived in the state for the last 6 months while in Louisiana, the filing spouse should be a resident for at least 12 months prior to filing.

      In the event where any of the spouses is not able to meet the residency requirement, you have the option to establish residency first in the place where you intend to file for divorce.

      You may consider getting advice from a divorce lawyer who can guide you on the best course of action under your situation.

      I hope this helps.

      Cheers,
      Anndy

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    MOctober 9, 2018

    My spouse and I will be living together for a year due to financial reasons. We will not be making a decision on division of property until then. Is this possible with online divorce?

    • finder Customer Care
      JoshuaOctober 13, 2018Staff

      Hi M Green,

      Thanks for getting in touch with finder. I hope all is well with you. :)

      This would depend on your situation. Again, if you and your spouse agreed to have an uncosted divorce, then you would not need to appear in court. You can then go online to complete your divorce, complete the needed forms, and send them to the court.

      You may want to speak to a legal adviser to get a more personalized answer.

      I hope this helps. Should you have further questions, please don’t hesitate to reach us out again.

      Have a wonderful day!

      Cheers,
      Joshua

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