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Boise Divorce Attorney Helping Clients Legally Dissolve Their Marriage in Idaho

From uncontested divorce to high conflict contested cases, our divorce lawyer provides experienced and comprehensive legal options in Boise, ID. Whether we help you resolve your issues through mediation, traditional divorce, or other negotiation techniques, you can count on our Idaho divorce lawyer Katelynn Mitchell to skillfully guide you throughout your legal process.

From the initial consultation to the conclusion of your case, you can expect our compassionate Idaho divorce lawyer to provide personalized advice and guidance that garners a positive outcome to your case.

Call our law office today at (208) 285-4272 to schedule your complimentary initial consultation with our divorce lawyer in Boise.

How To File For Divorce In Idaho

Filing for divorce in Idaho involves several steps. Please note that divorce laws and procedures can vary, so it's advisable to consult with an attorney or check the Idaho state court website for the most up-to-date and specific information.

Here is a general outline of the divorce process in Idaho:

  • Residency Requirement: To file for divorce in Idaho, either you or your spouse must have been a resident of the state for at least six weeks before filing the divorce petition.
  • Grounds for Divorce: Idaho allows for both "no-fault" and "fault-based" divorce. No-fault divorce is typically based on "irreconcilable differences," meaning the marriage is irreparably broken. Fault-based grounds might include issues like adultery, cruelty, or abandonment.
  • Prepare Divorce Documents: Obtain the necessary divorce forms from your local county court, which may be available online or in person. These forms typically include a Petition for Divorce and other documents related to your specific case.
  • Complete the Divorce Petition: Fill out the divorce petition, providing detailed information about you, your spouse, your children (if applicable), property, and the grounds for divorce. Be accurate and thorough when completing these documents.
  • Filing the Divorce Petition: Take the completed divorce petition and any other required documents to the clerk's office of the county courthouse where you or your spouse resides. Pay the filing fee, which varies by county, or request a fee waiver if you qualify.
  • Serving Divorce Papers: After filing the petition, you must serve your spouse with copies of the divorce papers. Service can be done by a process server, law enforcement officer, or another adult who is not a party to the case. Your spouse will need to acknowledge receipt by signing a "Summons and Return of Service" or through other acceptable means.
  • Response: Your spouse will have a certain amount of time to respond to the divorce petition. If your spouse does not respond within the specified time, the court may proceed with the divorce by default.
  • Temporary Orders (if necessary): If you and your spouse have disputes regarding issues like child custody, support, or spousal maintenance, you can request temporary orders from the court to address these issues until the divorce is finalized.
  • Negotiations or Mediation: Try to negotiate and reach an agreement with your spouse on the terms of the divorce. If necessary, consider mediation or other alternative dispute resolution methods.
  • Final Hearing or Trial: If you and your spouse cannot agree on the terms of the divorce, the case may go to trial, where a judge will make the decisions regarding property division, child custody, and other relevant matters.
  • Decree of Divorce: Once the court approves the divorce agreement or makes decisions after a trial, a judge will issue a Decree of Divorce, which finalizes the divorce.

It's highly recommended to consult with an attorney to navigate the divorce process in Idaho, especially if you have complex issues to resolve or if there are significant disagreements between you and your spouse. Legal advice can help protect your rights and ensure that the divorce is handled properly.

Is Idaho a No Fault Divorce State?

Yes, Idaho is a ‘no-fault’ divorce state which means that either party does not need to cite the reasoning for the divorce upon filing the document. However, you may provide fault grounds if you choose.

What Are the Grounds for Divorce in Idaho?

  • Adultery
  • Excessive cruelty
  • Desertion (one spouse lives apart from the other for more than a year with the intention of leaving the marriage)
  • Neglect
  • Felony convictions
  • Confinement in a mental institution for at least 3 years

You may also file for divorce if you have been separated and lived apart for at least 5 consecutive years. Once you have completed the above steps, you must send a copy of the paperwork to your spouse.

If they disagree with any part of the document, they can file paperwork that details their side of the issue. If this occurs, the divorce is considered contested and you may have to complete the process before a court. Our experienced Idaho divorce lawyer can help.

What Marital Property Can Be Divided?

One of the most contested aspects of divorce is the division of marital property. Idaho is a community property state which means that all assets and debts acquired during the course of the marriage are considered to belong to both spouses.

Some couples can determine who should retain certain assets and debts, while others may have a harder time. Whether you are able to accomplish this with your spouse or need court intervention, there are 3 steps to the process.

These steps are:

  1. Determine whether property is separate or community
  2. Determine the value of each piece of property
  3. Determine how to divide the property

Some separate property can be considered community property if both spouses contributed to the maintenance of the property.

For example, if one spouse bought a home before they got married, but both contribute to the mortgage using their sources of income, the court could consider the home as community property. If this occurs, the spouse who bought the home could buy out the other spouse’s share.

Marital debt must also be divided upon divorce. However, creditors do not often honor these legal arrangements and if the party responsible for paying the debt does not uphold the agreement the creditor may go after the other party for payment.

Contact Our Skilled Boise Divorce Lawyer Today

At K. Mitchell Law, PLLC, our Boise divorce attorney can confidently and competently help you complete your divorce. Whether you resolve your issues without going before the court or need strong legal representation in the courtroom, you can count on our family law attorney to help resolve your issue.

If you're in need of a Boise divorce attorney, dial our office directly at (208) 285-4272 or complete our online contact form to schedule your initial consultation.

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