Step 3: Agreement & Judgment

This is the part of your divorce where you and your spouse need to work towards an agreement on all issues. (Think: property, support, debt and shared parenting). If you need help, no worries! We’ve got loads of resources to help you.

We also offer mediation through Hello Divorce. Learn more here.

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If you and your spouse are having trouble finalizing a stipulation (aka agreement),
 the court will likely schedule you for mediation and a court hearing (if mediation
isn’t successful). Learn about what to expect in mediation and how to prepare for these court appearances.

Prepare Step 3 Forms

Click “Start” below to prepare your Step 3 forms or keep reading to learn more about this step. You or your spouse will be completing 3 online interviews. We’ve broken this step into stages so you can take it one step at a time. Each interview should take about 30 minutes (max). If you and/or your spouse have completed the Parenting Plan Worksheet or HD Worksheet, now is a good time to have them close by to help you complete this step.

One step at a time

Divorce
Judgment

Start

Separation Agreement
& Parenting Plan

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Spousal Support
& Child Support

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The Separation Agreement includes your agreements on all divorce related issues.
 As you work through the online interview, you will be asked questions about your various agreements (kids, support, property and debt).
 If you don’t have children, you will not be asked questions pertaining to a parenting plan.

The Decree of Dissolution (Divorce Judgment) is an easy interview (finally).  This is the form that the judge will sign, finalizing your divorce.

The Child Support Worksheet is mandatory for parents who have children who are under 19 or still in high school or adult disabled children. That being said, you and your spouse can still agree to a different amount (subject to court approval). Note: Worksheet A is used when one parent has the kid(s) 273 or more overnights per year. Worksheet B is used if both parents have the kid(s) for more than 92 overnights per year.

File & Serve

DIY Pro members click here to send us a note that you’re ready to file and serve.
DIY’ers: You now have your Step 3 Forms:

* Only use this form if you and your spouse do not agree on all issues identified in the Separation Agreement
** Only available for parties without children who have a complete agreement
*** Only if you and your spouse aren’t in agreement on all issues

Have we mentioned it’s a really good idea to have a 
lawyer review your divorce forms before you submit them to the court? The terms in your divorce judgment can have a profound impact on your future and, if you are anything like us — you want to move past this point in your life and start fresh — transition to a new, healthier, mindful space

Let’s do this

  1. Review forms carefully (you can make changes directly to the form)
  2. Sign and date all forms
  3. Make at least two copies
  4. File forms
  5. Add a self-addressed-stamped-envelope if filing by US Mail

Congrats, Step 3 is COMPLETE!

But wait…. Sometimes the court will set a “Final Hearing” before granting your divorce. Don’t panic, you got this. Learn how to prepare at this link.
 You made it. Congratulations.

Divorce does not mean failure. In our decades of experience, we’ve been inspired by thousands of people who have ended their marriages and not just lived to tell about it, but thrived. We hope that you celebrate yourself and are optimistic about your journey to the next version of yourself. Remember, you’re not starting over – you’re starting from experience.

You can still get a divorce, even with court closures. Here’s how.
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