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SmartForms – Additional Divorce Instructions

After you e-file your Divorce forms using SmartForms and your forms are accepted, follow these steps to proceed with your case.

What do I do after I file forms to start a Divorce?

If you have e-filed forms to start a Divorce, follow these additional steps:

  1. Read the Legal Steps for a Divorce (FL-107-INFO) for information about how to proceed with your case.

  2. Have someone 18 years or older (not you) serve your spouse with your court stamped SmartForm FL-100 Divorce Package 1 AND Response Blanks (for your spouse to complete if (s)he decides to respond).

  3. Have the server fill out and sign Proof of Service of Summons (FL-115).  Prepare and e-file SmartForm FL-115 Proof of Service of Summons.

  4. Prepare your initial Financial Disclosure forms:

    • Download, fill out and print forms FL-140 and FL-142. They are not SmartForms, since they DO NOT need to be submitted to the court.

    • Prepare and e-file SmartForm FL-150.

  5. Serve your spouse with your initial Financial Disclosure forms AND Financial Disclosure Blanks (for your spouse to complete if (s)he decides to respond). Note: These forms can be served at the same time as the Divorce Petition. You do not need to serve the court-stamped copy of the FL-150 (use the unstamped version to serve).

  6. If you receive your spouse’s Financial Disclosure forms, revise your information and serve your spouse with your final Financial Disclosure forms. If your spouse does not respond, you don’t have to serve the final Financial Disclosure forms.

  7. Prepare and e-file SmartForm FL-141.

  8. Request to finalize your Divorce.

    1. If your spouse responded to your petition:

      • If both parties agree to the terms of the judgment, you can avoid having a hearing by preparing and e-filing SmartForm FL-180 Divorce Judgment Package.

      • If both parties do not agree to the terms of the judgment, prepare and e-file SmartForm L-31 to request a hearing. You will need to have someone 18 years or older who is not a party to the case mail a copy of this form to the other party. This notifies that person that you have requested a hearing date.

    2. If your spouse did not respond to your petition:

      • If there are no minor children and no issues of money or property in your case, you can avoid having a hearing by preparing and e-filing SmartForm FL-165 and SmartForm FL-180 Divorce Judgment Package. Note: You must wait 31 days after the date of service of your petition to submit these forms.

      • If there are minor children and/or issues of money or property in your case, you will need to request a hearing by preparing and e-filing SmartForm FL-165 and SmartForm L-124. Note: You must wait 31 days after the date of service of your petition to submit these forms.

  9. If a hearing is necessary, attend the hearing.

Note: Either party can ask the court to finalize the divorce. The earliest you can be divorced is six months and one day after the petition was served. To be divorced, you must have a Judgment signed by the court.

What do I do after I file forms to respond to a Divorce?

If you have e-filed forms to respond to a Divorce, follow these additional steps:

  1. Read the Legal Steps for a Divorce (FL-107-INFO) for information about how to proceed with your case.

  2. Have someone 18 years or older who is not a party to the case serve your spouse with your court stamped SmartForm FL-120 Divorce Package 2 within 30 days from when you were served the Petition. They can perform service by hand delivering the documents or by mailing the forms to your spouse.

  3. Have the server fill out and sign Proof of Personal Service (FL-330), if service was done by hand delivering the documents to your spouse, OR Proof of Service by Mail (FL-335), if service was done by mailing the forms to your spouse. Prepare and e-file the appropriate SmartForm FL-330 or SmartForm FL-335.

  4. Prepare your initial Financial Disclosure forms:

    • Download, fill out and print forms FL-140 and FL-142. They are not SmartForms, since they DO NOT need to be submitted to the court.

    • Prepare and e-file SmartForm FL-150.

  5. Serve your spouse with your initial Financial Disclosure forms Note: These forms can be served at the same time as the Divorce Response. You do not need to serve the court-stamped copy of the FL-150 (use the unstamped version to serve).

  6. When you receive your spouse’s Financial Disclosure, revise your information and serve your spouse with your final Financial Disclosure forms.

  7. Prepare and e-file SmartForm FL-141.

  8. Request to finalize your Divorce:

    1. If both parties agree to the terms of the judgment, you can avoid having a hearing by preparing and e-filing SmartForm FL-180 Divorce Judgment Package.

    2. If both parties do not agree to the terms of the judgment, prepare and e-file SmartForm L-31 to request a hearing. You will need to have someone 18 years or older who is not a party to the case mail a copy of this form to the other party. This notifies that person that you have requested a hearing date.

  9. If a hearing is necessary, attend the hearing.

Note: Either party can ask the court to finalize the divorce. The earliest you can be divorced is six months and one day after the response was filed with the Court. To be divorced, you must have a Judgment signed by the court.

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