You can use these forms or the forms from the Law Library Resource Center.A divorce typically includes four important legal dates: the date of separation from the other spouse, the date of filing the petition at the courthouse, the date the judge signs the judgment, and the date the court clerk enters the judgment into the court record and provides notice of its entry to both parties.
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For example, both spouses' incomes count as community property or shared income before the marriage ends.
After it ends, a spouse keeps his own income as his separate property.
If both parties agree to all issues within the case, the case may proceed by the parties filing a consent decree.
If the Petition for Dissolution has been filed and served on the other party and a response has not filed within the allotted time period, the filing party may apply for a default.Otherwise, both spouses can file a joint petition together.The date of filing a petition for divorce shows the intention of one or both parties to divorce and initiates the divorce process.A physical separation is when one spouse moved out of the primary residence, out of the state or out of the country, with no plans to return.A separation of joint accounts and the division of marital assets also can indicate a specific date of physical separation.The clerk enters the judgement, supporting attachments and a notice of entry of judgment. In some states, the divorce takes effect once the parties receive notice of the entry of judgment.