Divorce

Self Help Forms, Information and Resources
Protection Order

If you are seeking a protection order you can petition for one, in a separate case, from anywhere. Learn more about getting a protection order.

What does it mean to have an agreement?

Having an agreement means that you and your spouse agree on all issues in your case. For example, in a divorce case where there are children and property having an agreement means you and your spouse agree on who will have custody, when the other parent will have parenting time, who will pay child support and how much he or she will pay, who will keep what property, and who will be responsible for paying which debts.

It also means that you agree on what will happen to the marital property and assets, like the house you live in and retirement accounts you might have.

Income Withholding for Child Support

Any time you ask the court to change parenting time or custody, you should bring this information with you to court: Income Withholding Checklist. 

An Income Withholding Order form and instructions can be found here: Income Withholding Order Form

Local Court Rules

Each court has the option to create its own rules.  Click here for access to local court rules: Local Court Rules

Filing Your Documents

If you plan to e-file your case (file your forms online without going to the courthouse) then you should review this information on how to e-file.  

You may be able to e-file these forms, but if you do you should print them first.  Then, scan them back into your computer.

Legal v. Physical Custody

A parent with primary physical custody has their child living with them most of the time.  The other parent usually has parenting time and is the non-custodial parent.

A parent with legal custody can make major decisions about a child’s upbringing like how the child will be educated, what religious training the child will have, and the medical care the child will receive.  Many times parents have joint legal custody, meaning the parents both make these important decisions for the child.

Indiana Parenting Time Guidelines and Calendar

Parenting time is the time a parent spends with his or her child.  Indiana has adopted a set of guidelines on parenting time. The Indiana Parenting Time Guidelines can be found by clicking here: Indiana Parenting Time Guidelines. 

Click here to connect to a tool that can help build an Indiana Parenting Time Calendar.

How is child support calculated?

Any time the court is asked to change (or modify) child support, a new child support worksheet needs to be completed.  The child support calculator can create child support worksheets for use in court. The button on the right links to the Child Support Calculator. 

Divorce With Children and With Agreement

This form packet may be helpful for spouses that want to ask the court for a divorce AND
1. One or both spouses have lived in Indiana for the last six months; and 2. One or borth spouses have lived in their current county for at least the past three months; and  
3. The spouses have biological or adopted minor children together; and
4. The spouses have an agreement on custody, parenting time and how property and debts should be divided.

 

These Divorce With Children and With Agreement forms can be printed and completed with handwritten answers, or they can be filled out on the computer and then printed.

Divorce With Children and Without Agreement

This form packet may be helpful for spouses that want to ask the court for a divorce AND
1. One or both spouses have lived in Indiana for the last six months; and 2. One or borth spouses have lived in their current county for at least the past three months; and  
3. The spouses have biological or adopted minor children together; and
4. The spouses DO NOT HAVE an agreement on custody, parenting time and/or how property and debts should be divided.

 

These Divorce With Children and Without Agreement forms can be printed and completed with handwritten answers, or they can be filled out on the computer and then printed.

Divorce Without Children and With Agreement

This form packet may be helpful for spouses that want to ask the court for a divorce AND
1. One or both spouses have lived in Indiana for the last six months; and 2. One or borth spouses have lived in their current county for at least the past three months; and  
3. The spouses do not have biological or adopted minor children together; and
4. The spouses HAVE on agreement on how property and debts should be divided.

 

These Divorce Without Children and With Agreement forms can be printed and completed with handwritten answers, or they can be filled out on the computer and then printed.

Divorce Without Children and Without Agreement

This form packet may be helpful for spouses that want to ask the court for a divorce AND
1. One or both spouses have lived in Indiana for the last six months; and 2. One or borth spouses have lived in their current county for at least the past three months; and  
3. The spouses do not have biological or adopted minor children together; and
4. The spouses DO NOT HAVE an agreement on how property and debts should be divided.

 

These Divorce Without Children and Without Agreement forms can be printed and completed with handwritten answers, or they can be filled out on the computer and then printed.

Motion to Dismiss a Divorce

This form packet may be helpful to a person that does no want the court to grant a divorce AND
1. The spouse asking for the court to dismiss the divorce is the also the spouse that filed the divorce (is the Petitioner); and
2. The court has not yet granted the divorce

 

These Motion to Dismiss forms can be printed and completed with handwritten answers, or they can be filled out on the computer and then printed.

Respondent’s Waiver of Service of Divorce Petition and Summons

This form packet may be helpful if a Respondent would rather receive a Petition for Dissolution (Divorce) and Summons by U.S. Mail or hand delivery than by certified mail, process server, or sheriff.

 

These Waiver of Service forms can be printed and completed with handwritten answers, or they can be filled out on the computer and then printed.

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