Divorce without Children Form Assistant

This interview will help you fill out the forms to file for a divorce without children in Ohio. 

Learn more about the process of getting divorced without kids. 

You will need to: 

  • Register for a My OLH account. Registering will allow you to save and complete this form on your own schedule.  
  • Enter your information completely and correctly. 
  • Pace yourself and take breaks. All the information you fill out will be saved. You can click "Save & Exit" and return to complete your form.   
  • Download or email your completed form. 
  • Follow the instructions on the completed form to file with the court.

If possible, use a computer so that you can easily download your completed form or email it to yourself.

COVID-19 Update: On June 8, 2020, the Supreme Court of Ohio released updated versions of some domestic relations forms that do not need to be signed by a notary. This is a temporary change, as in-person notary services can be difficult to access with COVID-19 shut-downs, and the updated forms let you skip that step. We have updated our forms to match the new forms, and will update our site when they are no longer usable. 

step-1 arrow-right

Fill out

step-2 arrow-right

Download

step-3

Review

Time to Complete: 2 hours and 30 minutes
This is an estimate for the total time it will take you to complete this form. Once you get started, you will be able to save the form in progress.
Send this page to:
step-1 arrow-right

Fill out

step-2 arrow-right

Download

step-3

Review

Time to Complete: 2 hours and 30 minutes
This is an estimate for the total time it will take you to complete this form. Once you get started, you will be able to save the form in progress.
Send this page to:
We're not sure if this resource is right for you. Please answer some questions to see all available resources and information.

Before You Get Started

Learn what you will need to fill out this form.

This Form Assistant will help you complete the court papers you need to file for a divorce without children, but you will not receive any individual legal help. Ohio Legal Help will not provide a lawyer to go to court with you.
 
Ohio Legal Help does not provide legal advice. It does not take the place of advice from a lawyer. Ohio Legal Help encourages you to talk to a lawyer before you file.

It will take about a 2 hours and 30 minutes to complete. Before you begin, make sure you have a secure internet connection and easy access to all of your financial information. This Form Assistant will ask you questions about the following: 

Section 1 – Information about you, your spouse, and your marriage
Section 2 – Spousal requests and temporary orders
Section 3 – Property
Section 4 – Debts
Section 5 – Income
Section 6 – Expenses
Section 7 – Court resources and serving your divorce papers

Remember to pace yourself and take breaks. You can save your answers by clicking on "Save & Exit."

After You Finish

Learn what to do when you have finished filling out this form.

After you complete the interview and download or email your forms, your file will contain the basic forms you will need to file for a divorce without children in Ohio.

Here’s what to do next:

Step 1. Organize your documents

You should have the following completed basic documents:

  • Complaint for Divorce Without Children;
  • Statement of Basic Information, Income, and Expenses;
  • Statement of Property and Debt; and,
  • Request for Service.

If you have an income addendum for you or spouse in your documents, it should go after the Statement of Basic Information, Income, and Expenses.

If you requested temporary orders (such as for spousal support) while your divorce case is pending, you will also have a Motion and Affidavit or Counter Affidavit for Temporary Orders.

If you said that you can’t afford to pay the filing costs for your divorce case, you will also have a Financial Disclosure/Fee Waiver Affidavit and Order.

Finally, complete any additional forms required by your local court. Go to your county Domestic Relations or Family Court website to find out what other forms you will need. You can find your county court by clicking on Local Government and Community Resources on our Getting a Divorce Without Children page.

Step 2. Fill in your social security number on the first page of the Statement of Basic Information, Income, and Expenses

To protect your privacy, we do not ask for that information in the Form Assistant interview. You can add it to the final PDF before you print it, or write it in by hand after you print it.

If you completed a Financial Disclosure/Fee Waiver Affidavit and Order, fill in the last four of your social security number on the first page. 

Step 3.  Sign and notarize your documents

Sign all of the documents, except the Motion and Affidavit for Temporary Orders and Financial Disclosure/Fee Waiver Affidavit and Order.

Don’t sign the Motion and Affidavit for Temporary Orders and Financial Disclosure/Fee Waiver Affidavit and Order. You will need to sign these forms in front of a notary. The notary will check your identification, watch you sign and stamp where needed with an official seal. You can find notaries at banks and some courthouses and libraries, or search for "notaries near me" on Google. You may be able to get the form notarized at the clerk of court’s office or at your court’s self-help center, if they have one.

Step 4. Make photocopies

After you sign your documents, make five photocopies.

Step 5. File

Take the forms and copies to the Clerk of Court’s office at your Domestic Relations Court. If you have any questions, ask. Clerk staff can help make sure your forms are complete, but will not be able to help you fill anything out. If your Domestic Relations Court has a self-help center, go there first.  

Step 6. Follow up with the Clerk of Court

In about a month, call the Clerk’s office and give them your case number. Ask if your spouse has been served. If they weren’t, it could be that you have the wrong address. It could also be that service was refused.

If your certified mail service is returned as “Addressee Unknown” or “Insufficient Address,” find out what address your spouse is using. Use every resource that you can, including Google and social media. Then you’ll need to file a new "Instructions for Service" form and request certified mail to the new address.

If the certified mail service is refused or unclaimed, you’ll have to go to the Clerk’s office again and fill out another "Instructions for Service" form. This time, request service by regular mail instead of certified mail.

Wait another month. Then call the clerk and make sure the papers were sent out and that your spouse has been served.

If the Court can’t serve your spouse at all, you can repeat the same steps above. But you might be better off having the paperwork delivered by certified mail to their place of employment, or spending the extra money for service by sheriff.

Was this information helpful?