What Do I Need to Know About Filing Divorce in Indiana with Help Yourself Divorce?

Help Yourself Divorce is a no-fault divorce service, for those who agree on the terms of the divorce and are both willing to sign the papers. The following is a list of requirements and information about what to expect from the process. Please note that this will only apply if you use the services of Help Yourself Divorce. Those seeking to use another route for their divorce should perform their own research about what to expect from the process.

Indiana Grounds for Divorce.

In order to file for divorce, you must tell the court why you want a divorce. The legal reason why you are filing for divorce is known as the “grounds” for divorce. Because we are a no-fault divorce service, Help Yourself Divorce will prepare your papers based on the no-fault grounds of “irretrievable breakdown of the marriage”. This means you and your spouse agree to file a no-fault divorce.

Indiana Residency Requirements.

In order to file for divorce in Indiana, at least one of the parties must have been a resident of Indiana, or stationed at a United States military installation within Indiana, for at least 6 months. At least one spouse must also have been a resident of the county where the divorce papers are filed, or stationed at a United States military installation within the county where the divorce papers are filed, for at least 3 months.

If you and your spouse have minor children, the court must have jurisdiction over them. Generally this means your children must have lived in Indiana for at least six months and currently live in Indiana, or have lived in Indiana within six months of filing.

Filing for Divorce in Indiana.

Generally you will file for divorce in the Indiana county where either spouse lives.

Indiana Divorce Filing Fees.

When you file the papers, you will have to pay a separate filing fee to the Courts. Please check with your local court clerk to find out how much the current filing fee is.

Serving Your Spouse.

After filing the divorce papers with the court, the clerk of the court will serve your spouse with a copy of the divorce papers. This is either done by certified mail or Sheriff.

Waiting Period.

There is a 60 day waiting period in Indiana after filing the divorce papers before your divorce can be finalized. However, how long it actually takes to finalize your divorce will simply depend on the schedule of the Court.

Finalizing Your Divorce.

In Indiana, you are allowed to waive the final hearing if both spouses agree in writing. We will provide you with this form so that neither party will have to attend a hearing. The judge will simply review your paperwork, sign the final decree, and mail it back to you. You will know your divorce is final when you receive the signed decree back from the judge.


If you have any questions about whether our service is right for you, please don’t hesitate to contact us.

IMPORTANT: Help Yourself Divorce is a paralegal service, not a law firm. Please don’t rely on this information for legal advice. Seek help from an attorney if you need legal advice.


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