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I Want to file for divorce and my husband is not on board.

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I Want to file for divorce and my husband is not on board. How can I file?Seperated for 2 years. living in their 20’s in same house. Have 15 year old son (and 2 da)
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TJ, Esq.
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Hello and thank you for the opportunity to assist you. My name is ***** ***** I will do my very best to answer your legal questions.

Fortunately, the law does not require that spouses agree as to whether or not to get a divorce. Rather, one spouse may end the marriage by filing for divorce (provided the grounds for divorce are proved in court). As for how you can file, as a general practice you would prepare a Complaint for divorce which states the relevant facts and the grounds for divorce. You would then file the Complaint in the court, and serve your spouse. Eventually, you will have a hearing on the matter, and provided you prove the grounds, then the judge will order a dissolution of the marriage. You didn't mention which state you are in, so I can't give many more details than that. However, I strongly suggest that you retain an attorney anyway, since it is difficult for non-lawyers to proceed on their own. While you may save some money doing it alone, you will likely pay triple in time and aggravation. And if the divorce is contested because your spouse does not want a divorce and challenges your Complaint, then you will really need expert legal representation, otherwise you may lose the case and will not be granted the divorce.

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Customer reply replied 11 months ago
I am in Illinois. I went to courthouse and asked for divorce documents. Have tried to fill out but not remotely clear. I can’t answer many of the questions because my spouce isn’t involved or cooperating. I JUST want to get papers filed. We will have to dea with all the details of childcare and financial split etc but at this point just need to get papers filed.
Customer reply replied 11 months ago
I don’t have the money to retain a lawyer at this point. I know we will need a mediator at some point but just want to get the papers filed.
Customer reply replied 11 months ago
courthouse clerks are less than helpful and won’t answer any questions. Do I just hand in half answered documents?
Customer reply replied 11 months ago
I really don’t understand al of the “legal language” in documents so hard to fill out? How can I just get the darn papers filed and start he process? I will have to have him served I assume.
Customer reply replied 11 months ago
please let me know how to provide a positive rating for you.

Hi again.

I'm reading your responses now and will get back shortly.

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Hi again.

I will be happy to answer any specific questions that you may have about the forms that you are trying to fill out. In general, it's not a good idea to file half completed forms since the judge may determine that they aren't legally sufficient.

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Customer reply replied 11 months ago
Headed to bed so will review in the morning. Thank you b

Hi again. Just checking in to see if you need any further help.

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Customer reply replied 11 months ago
I’m looking to fill out Illinois divorce papers to file and have questions on the paperwork. Is it possible for me to show you he actual paperwork and ask specific questions on how to fill out so I can file papers correctly?
Customer reply replied 11 months ago
I need help with filing a divorce decree wig my husband not participating. I have all documents from the court but unable to answer all he questions questions on form. Is it possible for me to “show forms and ask questions on how to proceed so I can file divorce papers accurately???
Customer reply replied 11 months ago
There are so many questions on he forms the court gave me that I can’t answer. Don’t k ow how to proceed?
Customer reply replied 11 months ago
My husband not on board. I want to file accurately so not to hold up.
Customer reply replied 11 months ago
Illinois divorce forms
Customer reply replied 11 months ago
Is there a way to snap shot papers? On the questions I have on filing?
Customer reply replied 11 months ago
There are parts of the papers they gave me to file that I simply don’t know how to answer? If I could snap shot them perhaps a lawyer could tel me how to answe? That’s what I’m hoping

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