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Domestic Violence and Divorce without Children

This toolkit tells you about divorce when you have experienced domestic violence. This toolkit is for you if you and your spouse do not have minor children. Domestic violence in a relationship can impact a divorce. Domestic violence can be worst when a relationship ends. If your spouse has abused you, you may want to be safe and separate from your spouse before starting a divorce. If you need help with this, call a domestic violence shelter or agency. Consider talking to a lawyer before representing yourself in a divorce. If you cannot afford a lawyer, your local legal aid office may be able to help you.

For general information about divorce and how domestic violence can affect it, read the Articles. Read the Common Questions if you have a specific question. If you want to file for divorce, or if your spouse has filed for divorce, use one of the Forms links to prepare your forms. The Checklists below have step-by-step instructions for getting divorced. Go to Courts & Agencies for information about the court or agency that will handle your case.

Common Questions

Common Questions

Checklist – Instructions for Divorce without Minor Children – Default Judgment (print)

Checklist – Instructions for Divorce without Minor Children - Consent Judgment (print)

Checklist – How to File an Answer and Counterclaim to a Complaint for Divorce without Children (print)

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