Step 1: Petition & Response

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  • Uncontested Petition
  • Petition
  • Filing a Response

Uncontested Petition

Proceed with the Uncontested Petition if you and your spouse have a full agreement on divorce issues (division of assets/debts, support, ect.).

Prepare Step 1 Forms

If you are ready to start your divorce, click “Start” to prepare your Step 1 forms instantly. The court will refer to you and your spouse as Co-Petitioners. When you have completed your forms, return here.

The Child Support interview 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).

Step 1

Initial Divorce Forms

Start

Parenting Plan

Start

Child Support Worksheet

Start

You’ve completed your Step 1 Forms, congratulations!

You now have your Step 1 Forms:

  • Notice of Disclosure Requirements (1351FA)
  • Civil Filing Cover Sheet
  • Divorce Certificate
  • Utah Proposed Stipulation
  • Parenting Plan (1401FA) OR Military Parenting Plan
  • Child Support Worksheet

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File & Serve

DIY Pro members click here to send us a note that you’re ready to file. Then, skip to Step 3 (Final Documents) to see what’s next.


DIY’ers: It’s time to file your forms with the court.
Time to file your initial documents with the court.
Let’s do this:

  • Filing fee (usually $325)* or Waiver
  • Sign forms
  • Send a copy to your spouse
  • Make 3 copies (if filing at court or by US Mail)
  • Add self-addressed-stamped-envelope if filing by mail

*Can’t afford the court filing fee? Click here to learn more about a fee waiver and/or start the application at this link.

Quick tip: Take or send your forms to the court that is shown on the top left corner of your Petition. Find the contact info for your court here. Contact the court to determine how and when you can file (sometimes you have to schedule an appointment!).

Congrats, Step 1 is COMPLETE!

Being that you have a full agreement, skip Step 2 and continue on to Step 3

Choose this tab if you are ready to begin your divorce AND you and your spouse
do not yet have an agreement on key divorce issues (e.g. child support, property division).

Petition

Prepare Step 1 Forms

Click “Start” to prepare your Step 1 forms instantly. The court will refer to you as the Petitioner and your spouse as the Respondent. When you have completed your forms, return here.

The Child Support interview 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).

Step 1

Initial Divorce Forms

Start

Parenting Plan

Start

Child Support Worksheet

Start

You’ve completed your Step 1 Forms, congratulations!

You now have your Step 1 Forms:

  • Notice of Disclosure Requirements (1351FA)
  • Civil Filing Cover Sheet
  • Divorce Certificate
  • Parenting Plan (1401FA) OR Military Parenting Plan
  • Child Support Worksheet

Want a lawyer to review?
Click to book a 30 minute session.

Articles

File & Serve

DIY Pro members complete this Service (delivery) Interview and then click here to send us a note that you’re ready to file. Then, head to Step 2 to see what’s next.

DIY’ers: It’s time to file your forms with the court.
Let’s do this:

  • Filing fee (usually $325)* or Waiver
  • Sign forms
  • Send a copy to your spouse
  • Make 3 copies (if filing at court or by US Mail)
  • Add self-addressed-stamped-envelope if filing by mail

*Can’t afford the court filing fee? Click here to learn more about a fee waiver and/or start the application at this link.

Quick tip: Take or send your forms to the court that is shown on the top left corner of your Petition. Find the contact info for your court here. Contact the court to determine how and when you can file (sometimes you have to schedule an appointment!).

Next, Serve (aka deliver) forms to your spouse

There is a mandatory 91-day waiting period before your divorce can be final. 
The 91-day waiting period doesn’t begin until your Petition is served.

 There are two different ways we recommend you serve your spouse.

Choose ONE method below.

  • Acceptance of Service: RECOMMENDED – This is the easiest form of service.
You simply email, mail, or hand your initial divorce forms to your spouse and s/he
signs the Waiver.
  • Personal Service: Select the Sheriff’s Department, a private process server, or 
someone you know over the age of 18 who is not involved in the case, to serve 
your spouse.

    Note: The Return of Service must be signed by the person who “served”
(delivered) the documents to your ex. Want to learn more about serving your spouse?

DIY’ers: You now have your Proof of Service Forms:

  • Proof of Service (1020GE)
  • Certificate of Service (1021GE) OR
  • Acceptance of Service for Divorce (Acceptance of Service Appearance, Consent,
and Waiver)

File your Proof of Service + Certificate of Service or Acceptance of Service (after signed by your spouse) with the court (no rush!)

Congrats, Step 1 is COMPLETE!

If you have been served with a divorce petition, you have to decide if you want to file a Response (aka Answer). Assuming you do, you have 21 days so let’s get started!

We recommend you file a response to your spouse’s petition if you have children or have significant money/property that needs to be divided. This makes sure your voice is heard in the process. The response allows you to say if you agree or disagree with the information in the divorce petition.

Filing a Response

Prepare Step 1 Forms

Click “Start” to prepare your Step 1 forms instantly. The court will refer to you as the Respondent. When you have completed your forms, return here.

Initial Divorce Forms

Start

Parenting Plan

Start

You’ve completed your Step 1 Forms, congratulations!

You now have your Step 1 Forms:

  • Respondent Answer (Counterclaim)
  • Parenting Plan (1401FA) OR Military Parenting Plan

Want a lawyer to review?
Click to book a 30 minute session.

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File & Serve

DIY Pro members  We will file and serve your forms! Head to Step 2 to see what’s next.


DIY’ers: It’s time to file your forms with the court.
Let’s do this:

  • Filing fee $0*
  • Sign forms
  • Send a copy to your spouse
  • Make 3 copies (if filing at court or by US Mail)
  • Add self-addressed-stamped-envelope if filing by mail

*There is no filing fee for filing a Response. If you file a Counter-Petition the cost is $130.

Next, Serve (aka deliver) forms to your spouse

Before you file your response with the court, you will need to make a copy and send, hand or email it to your spouse. This will allow you to fill out the last section on the form filed with the court saying that you did this.

Congrats, Step 1 is COMPLETE!

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