Legal Separation & Divorce
A Dissolution of Marriage can be filed in Superior Court. You may purchase a “Divorce book” in Room 323 of the Courthouse for $50. This book contains all forms, samples and instruction necessary to start and finalize your dissolution. The filing fee is $314.
If you need assistance in completing this book, the court provides a class called “Divorce Orientation” which is designed to answer basic questions and explain the divorce process. The class is 1 hour long and costs $25 per person. The fee must be paid in advance in Room 323 in the Courthouse. For more information on dates and times please visit the Divorce Orientation page.
If you are married and would like to request relief from the court without filing for divorce, you may file for a legal separation instead. This may be a good option if you are considering reconciliation with your spouse. However, you do not have to file for a legal separation before filing for divorce. The legal separation process may make your divorce take longer.
Filing for Separation
A legal separation can be filed in Superior Court. The filing fee is $314. You may purchase a “Divorce Book” and a single form called “Petition for Legal Separation” in Room 323 of the Courthouse. The book is $50 and the form is $4.50. The book contains all the forms, samples and instructions necessary to start and finalize your separation.
If you need assistance in completing the book, you may contact the Facilitator by calling 509-574-2695.
- Do I need an attorney?
- Do I have to file for separation before filing for divorce?
- Can I convert the separation to a divorce later?
- How long can I stay legally separated?
- Does it matter who files for separation first?
- How long does a separation take?
- What if my spouse does not agree with my request?
- What if I cannot find my spouse?
- Can I get an emergency order?
- Do I have to take a parenting class?
- Do I have to go to court?