Take your forms to the court clerk
Check the Find My Court page to find the courthouse that accepts divorce filings.
At the courthouse, file the forms by giving the original forms and the 2 copies to the clerk, along with 2 self-addressed stamped envelopes, one for each spouse.
The clerk will keep the original Joint Petition and will stamp the copies and give them back to you.
Depending on your court, the clerk will either file and give you copies of the Judgment of Dissolution form, or hold on to the original and copies to mail to you later. Ask the clerk how your court handles this process.
Pay a fee
You will need to pay a fee ($435-$450) to the clerk when you file your forms.
If you can’t afford the fee, you can ask the clerk for a fee waiver. You qualify for a fee waiver if:
You receive public benefits
Your income falls below a certain level
You can’t afford the fee and to meet your basic needs
If one of you qualifies for a fee waiver, but the other one does not, the one who does not will have to pay the full filing fee.
Wait for your divorce judgment
If you did not get the Judgment of Dissolution form back right away when you filed, wait to receive it by mail.
Once you have a signed divorce judgment, you've completed the process of divorce by summary dissolution.