The decision to divorce is a difficult one for all couples and when it comes to taking legal action to begin the divorce process, it is not always as simple as one might hope. Divorce procedures and laws vary greatly from state to state. Contacting a family law attorney in the Bucks County area is the best choice when planning to divorce, especially if there are extenuating factors such as children, ample property or a family history of abuse. If you do not wish to hire an attorney, you can always proceed on your own.
Visit a law library or an online service from which you can obtain copies of the proper divorce forms. In Pennsylvania the initial document to file in a divorce case is called a 'Divorce Complaint". Complete the necessary information in each section of the divorce complaint form. Each divorce complaint packet will have a verification form, notice to defendant form, and an affidavit of non-military service. All documents must be completed before they are turned in at the prothonotary's office inside the county court house, in person or by mail, at this address:
Office of the Prothonotary
Buck County Courthouse
55 East Court Street
Doylestown, PA 18901
Pay the divorce complaint filing fee of $324.00 when you file your document. The filing fee may vary slightly based on procedural requests in the lawsuit such as a request for a change of name or custody hearing requests. Talk to the the clerks at the prothonotary's office for the exact filing fee. The filing fee may be paid by check, cash or money order only.
Hire a private process server to deliver a copy of the filed divorce complaint to your spouse. The return or proof of service must be filed with the prothonotary's office too. The proof of service is an important piece of evidence in a divorce proceeding, especially if your spouse never responds to the divorce complaint. It is best to hire a professional process server to ensure it is done properly.