Fresno County Divorce Forms Made Simple by DoNotPay!
Divorce is never easy, and the best you can hope for is that the process does not break either your spirit or the bank.
DoNotPay is here to help. Here is a complete rundown of the Fresno County divorce forms you need to get your divorce done and dusted.
The paperwork you need for a divorce can be fairly complicated, but taken step-by-step, the process is manageable.
Only settled residents of Fresno can take advantage of the county’s legal system. To be eligible to file in Fresno, you or your spouse must have:
- Lived in California for at least six months
- Been a Fresno County resident for a minimum of three months
- You or your spouse claim irreconcilable differences
- One of you has been declared incurably insane
In the case of irreconcilable differences, you don’t need to provide proof—this is only necessary if you are alleging incurable insanity.
|Summons||The summons notifies your spouse that you are filing for divorce|
|Petition||This document requests the Fresno county court to grant you and your spouse a divorce|
|Uniform Child Custody Jurisdiction and Enforcement Act (UCCJEA) declaration||If there are underage children below the age of majority in your marriage, you must fill out a declaration under the UCCJEA to make sure that the court is aware of their existence|
|Declaration of disclosure||This is a form that verifies you have disclosed all your assets and income to the court|
|Schedule of assets and debts||All your joint and individual assets and debts should be listed in this form|
|Income and expense declaration||Your joint and individual incomes and expenses need to be declared in full on this form|
|Proof of servitude||This form verifies that your spouse has received—and acknowledged receipt of—the divorce papers|
|Response||Your spouse must complete this form after having received the divorce forms|
Once all the papers are filled out and your spouse has received a copy, you can begin negotiating your settlement agreement for an uncontested divorce.
A settlement agreement in a divorce sets out how your household should be divided between you and your spouse after the divorce is granted.
In an uncontested divorce, you and your spouse need to satisfy the judge that all the responsibilities you have declared in your uncontested divorce papers have been dealt with adequately.
This means your divorce settlement agreement must cover:
- Childcare, custody, shared parenting, and maintenance arrangements
- Division of assets and liabilities
- Alimony payments or spousal support, including taking account of the California ten-year rule
- Separation of shared business interests, if required
The more detail your settlement agreement covers, the easier the divorce process will be.
Even if some points are unresolved, this does not mean you have to go to the expense of a lawyer. If you are confident that the points are minor, you can agree to a process of mediation, using a state-registered mediator to help you and your spouse:
- Focus on your desired outcomes
- Agree on what is important
- Reach a satisfactory negotiated solution
Your divorce settlement agreement can be the difference between you getting your final judgment divorce form painlessly and facing a protracted court case.
The more comprehensive your agreement, the more likely a Fresno judge will grant your divorce without question.
Your options for setting up a settlement agreement are as follows:
Although many people see a lawyer as the automatic choice to draw up any legal document, California lawyers charge between $300 and $400 per hour.
The cost of your divorce could quickly skyrocket into the thousands—the average cost of an uncontested divorce in California lies around $5,500.
If the two of you reach a consensus on the terms of your settlement, a lawyer should be unnecessary.
Many websites offer online templates for you to fill out, but you should exercise caution.
These forms are often generic and don’t cover all your requirements—you may even find that some of them are invalid in California courts.
The solution is DoNotPay. We can generate a tailor-made divorce settlement agreement that ticks all the boxes!
Divorce is a trying time, but DoNotPay can take away some of the hassle and expense to make it more bearable!
Our Divorce Settlement Agreement product can set up a customizable document for you that is watertight and comprehensive—here’s what you need to do:
- Register to DoNotPay
- Pick our Divorce Settlement Agreement product
- Take us through what your agreement should include by following the prompts
Once we have all your details, your agreement will be ready in a flash. All that remains is for you and your spouse to sign and a notary to verify it, and your divorce can move forward.
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