What details must be in the divorce petition?

On Behalf of | Mar 12, 2024 | Divorce |

Filing for divorce can be simple or complex, usually depending on your and your former spouse’s circumstances. Regardless of complications, the petition must have the necessary information to become valid. If it has missing or incorrect details, it can cause issues later or make it difficult to move forward. Additionally, discrepancies can lead to unnecessary costs, which could be necessary for correction.

Adequate research and preparation can help avoid problems concerning the divorce petition. Before filing the paperwork, consider reviewing the petition to check if it has the requirements, including the following details:

  • The divorcing couple’s information, including their occupation, address and age
  • Duration of their residence within the state
  • Information about their marriage, such as when and where registered
  • Issues that require a judge’s intervention
  • A certificate for each parent proving they completed a parenting class
  • Information about the divorcing couple’s children, if there are any
  • Other details, such as the possibilities of pregnancy and issues already settled by the divorcing couple

There are also details you should not include in the petition for various reasons. This information includes identification numbers, birthdates and full names of minors. Still, some counties may require the full names of children in the petition, so it is best to confirm before completing the forms.

Knowing how to navigate the divorce process

The divorce process may have standard steps, but your and your former spouse’s experience may vary based on the situation. Some cases can have severe disputes, requiring the in-depth involvement of a judge. Other times, the case could have safety risks, requiring orders to protect the parents and their children. Before filing for divorce, seeking legal counsel can be beneficial. Experienced advice can help you foresee scenarios that may cause complications, helping you prepare for them adequately.