Legal Information: North Dakota

Divorce

Updated: 
February 12, 2018

Step 2. File your petition

If you have a lawyer, s/he will handle this for you.  Your lawyer will fill out all the appropriate forms and file them in the appropriate court.  If you cannot afford an attorney, you may be able to get low cost representation from organizations that provide free or low-cost legal representation.  To locate one of these organizations near you, visit our ND Finding a Lawyer page.

If you do not have an attorney, you may be able to use forms, fill them out, and file them yourself.  The clerk of court (courthouse official in charge of records) in the county where you are filing may have some of the forms that you will need.  To find the clerk's office in your county, go to our Courthouse Locations page.

If you do not have any children and your divorce is going to be uncontested, you can use a form provided by the North Dakota Supreme Court to file for divorce.  (Download Court Forms).  Your spouse will also need to sign some of these forms.

There are also do-it-yourself packages from office supply stores and online document delivery services. You can also find links to companies offering do-it-yourself kits on our National Resources page.  Please note that WomensLaw.org has not reviewed any of these forms, and we do not know whether or not they will be helpful or even forms that your court will accept.

Once you're ready to turn your forms into the court, give them to the clerk of court in the county where you are filing for divorce.  To find the clerk's office in your county, go to our Courthouse Locations page.

It is usually helpful to have an attorney to help you with everything you can.  If you cannot afford to pay an attorney to handle your entire divorce or get help from a free or low-cost legal resource, you may want to consider paying an attorney to look over your forms and give you advice on how to revise and file them.