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Review

  • Decide if you should get a lawyer or if it is reasonable and safe to go forward on your own.
  • Read this online guide to learn about the legal process.
  • Read our Families Change: Parents Guide to learn about helpful parenting strategies during a separation.
  • Get your court forms packet. If you use our interactive online forms, you must still purchase the Summons form from the court. The Summons costs $5.
  • Read the court forms instruction sheet.
  • Fill out the forms. Get help if you need it.
  • Serve and file the forms.
  • Prepare for your court meetings and hearings.
  • Go to all scheduled court appearances.
  • Follow the steps and directions you get from the Magistrate.
  • Look back at this guide and ask for help when you have questions.
  • Take it one step at a time. You can do this!