Start a divorce case

Here's a simple view of the steps required to start a divorce case. The process may be different depending on your situation. For example, it’s possible to get a divorce even if the other spouse (or domestic partner) doesn’t respond to the divorce papers. ​

These instructions are the same whether you're getting a divorce or legal separation.

Select a task from the timeline below to get step-by-step instructions.

Start a divorce
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Spouse starting divorce
Spouse responding to divorce
Deadline: 30-days to Respond
Wait 30-days
Receive Response