Next, you need to fill out the forms you got from the court. The information sheet at the front of the forms packet (or that you got online) gives you some help. Read it carefully.
Divorce Information Sheet
Parental Rights and Responsibilities Information Sheet (for unmarried parents)
- You are the Plaintiff. Your spouse is the Defendant.
- If you cannot fill out the forms by yourself, find out if there is a Courthouse Assistance Program (CHAP) in your local court and when you can meet with them. Get an updated CHAP scheduled here. Or ask the court clerk about the CHAP schedule in your court.
- If you want your address and phone number on court papers to be kept private because you are afraid of the other party, go here to read about what to do.
- You can “file” papers with the court by delivering them to the court clerk or sending them in the mail. The court clerk will give you the mailing address. Or find court mailing addresses here.
- File originals of all papers, including the summons, with the court.
- When you file any paper with the court, always mail a copy to the other party, or their lawyer, if they have one.
- Make copies of your court papers for yourself. You may be able to do this at low-cost at your local library or town office. Put them in one file. Take that file to court every time you go. It is also a good idea to keep dated notes about what is happening. This will help you remember things like when you talked to the Clerk and when you mailed or filed papers.