All About Kansas Divorce

We have many resources to help you file for a divorce in Kansas, whether or not you have children.

 

This page provides help to anyone who thinks they may have to file a divorce in Kansas.

  • It is helpful both for self-represented persons and those who obtain the assistance of an attorney.
  • The guide provides definitions of legal terms, answers many frequently asked questions and prepares a Kansas litigant for the issues that may come up during a divorce.
  • This guide is available in pdf format. It can be viewed through a free Adobe Reader. If you don't have Adobe Reader, download it here

What to Gather in Preparation for Divorce

This page provides an excerpt from the Divorce 101 page.

It lists documents and information that would be useful to gather before starting a divorce action in Kansas.

 

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Divorce 101

Divorce 101 is a crash course in do-it-yourself divorce (with no children) -- giving all the details of paperwork, timeline, helpful resources and explaining the legal terms.

 

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Getting Ready For Court

Getting Ready for Court tells you how you can get ready for that court experience, whether it's for a divorce or a traffic ticket, this explains how you should prepare for the big day.

 

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Going To Court

Going to Court helps you understand what goes on when you're IN the courtroom, from how to talk to the judge to what to bring with you to help your case.

 

Read our Tips for filing legal documents for persons doing it themselves

 

To learn about serving the opposing party in a legal action, go to Notice to Other Party -- Trying Again to Serve

 

Health Insurance After Divorce

If you are worried about losing your health insurance after a divorce, please read this information: The Affordable Care Act and Divorce: Useful Information

Free Legal Forms

When using these online forms, please sign in and create an account. You should do this because you need to save your answers often while completing the forms.

Kansas Legal Services provides forms as a service to low income Kansans. Forms are easy to use, interactive forms. They will ask you easy-to-answer questions and will auto-fill documents you need for filing or responding to legal actions in Kansas district courts based on your answers.

PLEASE NOTE:  When completing the divorce online forms, make sure all your dates are filled in and valid. Your document may not work without the complete dates.

  • If you can't get your document, go back and check that the dates are in a valid format and try again.

Family Law/Divorce Free Legal Forms

 PLEASE NOTE: Our Child Support Worksheet is still in the process of being updated with the new Kansas Child Support requirements for 2020. Please check back soon for the updated forms.

The child support forms here are not compliant with the 2020 requirements.

  • Child Support Worksheet  
    • Use this Kansas Legal Services interactive form when the combined income of both parents is less than $50,000.
  • Child Support Worksheet from childsupporttools.com, a fee is involved.  
    • Use this resource where Mom and Dad incomes is more than $50,000 combined, for multiple family adjustments (stepchildren, etc.), for Interstate Pay Differential Adjustments (where parents live in different states); for Automatic Income Tax adjustment calculation.

 

PLEASE NOTE: It is always advisable to talk to a lawyer before proceeding in a court case on your own. Please read our important warning.

To learn about serving the opposing party in a legal action, go to Notice to Other Party -- Trying Again to Serve

  • If you would like to have a lawyer review the papers that you create in the interactive interview, read about it here.  

Live Chat is right here

If you have questions about how to complete the forms when using the interactive interview, you can use our LIVE CHAT option. Just click on the Live Chat button in the righthand corner of this page. Please note: Live Chat does not provide legal advice.

Live Chat is generally available Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. You can leave a message if Live Chat is not available. You will receive a reply by email within two business days.

What you need to use these forms

WORD PROCESSING PROGRAM:

  • The interactive court forms download for printing in Rich Text Format (.rtf), which can be opened in any word processing program, such as Microsoft Word.
  • Make sure your computer chooses a word processing program to download the documents or you may get errors or "gibberish."  

NOTE TO USERS OF CHROME and FIREFOX: 

  • The backspace button does not work to delete or modify answers in these interactive interviews. 
  • You must use arrows or your mouse to highlight the information you need to change.  Then use the delete key to remove letters, before you can change information. This problem is not experienced in Explorer.

For more help with these free legal forms, visit our Frequently Asked Questions.

 

What if I want to talk to a lawyer about my situation or discuss these forms with a lawyer?

Kansas Legal Services has a program that assists self-represented litigants (persons who represent themselves) before they go to court.

  • Through this program, a self-represented litigant who uses these Kansas Legal Services forms can meet with an attorney to have the forms reviewed, discuss the court process and what they may encounter as a self-represented litigant.
  • Our goal is to empower you to represent yourself successfully.  
  • This program is only available for the areas of law where KLS provides interactive forms and only for users of the KLS forms.
  • The cost of this program can range from free to $80 an hour, depending on income.
  • We will meet with persons who are just filing their case, filing a reply or who have prepared a final decree of divorce.
  • You must be able to meet with a Kansas Legal Services or volunteer lawyer during office hours. If you are unable to travel to a KLS office, we may be able to review documents and discuss them over the phone.
  • If you are interested, you should indicate that during the preparation of divorce forms through the interactive interview.
    • During the interactive interview, you will receive instructions about how to apply for this service.

 For more information and resources about SELF-REPRESENTATION:

Please visit the Kansas Judicial Branch self-help website.


The Self-Help Center helps you find legal assistance and information, work with an attorney, and represent yourself in some legal matters

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