A new state law effective Oct. 1, 2015, provides for two new simplified
processes by which individuals can obtain a divorce.
With one process, those who are eligible also can obtain a divorce in 35 days or less as compared with the regular procedure, which takes at least three months. In addition, a judge may now grant these divorces “on the papers,” meaning individuals who qualify do not need to come to court.
The other new simplified process applies to those individuals who have reached an agreement as to all terms of their divorce. They may now file a motion to ask a judge to waive the 90-day waiting period that is part of the dissolution process, thus shortening the amount of time their divorce will take to complete.
Information and posters will be in available at all courthouses, both in clerk’s offices and at court service centers. A sample poster is to the right. Information also will be available through the Judicial Branch website.