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Uncontested divorce in Montana

When spouses make up their minds to dissolve their marital relationship, there comes a time to choose what to file for:

  • Contested dissolution. When a couple cannot decide how to divide the property or who will have custody over children and argues about everything, they can only file for a contested divorce. In this case, the court decides what to do with debts, property, kids, alimony, etc. Of course, each spouse has to hire an attorney to represent them in court and attend a lot of hearings to testify in front of a judge. That is why, such kind of dissolution is usually lengthy and expensive.
  • Uncontested divorce. It is a much simpler divorce process, which can be finalized without involving lawyers because the partners reached a mutual agreement regarding the way they will end their marriage and what they are going to do with visitation and childcare, real estate division, etc. Moreover, the spouses filing for such a dissolution do not need to go through multiple court hearings as an uncontested case is usually finalized as soon as the waiting period in the state is over.

When choosing an uncontested option, and deciding against hiring a lawyer, you need to understand that you would be the one dealing with legal documents. There are dozens of forms you may need to fill out depending on your specific case, and they are extremely difficult to find with no help. If you do not want to spend days searching for the necessary paperwork and trying to figure out how to fill it out, OnlineDivorcer is your cheap and simple solution.

We are a leading online divorce company that has been operating on the divorce forms market for more than 12 years, successfully helping thousands of couples to get their marriage dissolution started. Working with our service, you will get a full package of forms prepared for your specific case. This means that they will be ready for signing and filing once you receive them.

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Filing for divorce in Montana without a lawyer

Having decided to file for an uncontested dissolution without legal help, you should do the following:

  • Check if you meet the residency requirements. In Montana, at least of the spouses must have lived in the state for 90 days before filing.
  • Prepare and complete all the needed paperwork.
  • File the documents with the Clerk of District Court office and pay the filing fees.
  • Serve the paperwork to your spouse. In the state of Montana, you can either ask a sheriff to deliver the documents or personally hand the paperwork to your spouse if they agree to sign the Acknowledgement form.
  • Call a clerk and ask to get a hearing date.
  • Attend a short hearing where the judge reviews your paperwork.
  • Wait until the judge signs Decree of Dissolution.

How to complete a do it yourself divorce in Montana?

Most times, people who are considering a DIY dissolution option do not really know what they are signing up for. We want to explain the whole process in detail so that you can make an informed decision on whether the DIY option is the best one for you:

  • Check if you qualify for an uncontested divorce. Most importantly, you and your ex have to reach full agreement regarding your divorce proceedings. Also, make sure that you meet the residency requirements of the state.
  • Find the official website of your county and check what information is available concerning the divorce-related aspects. It’s really important to look for such info only in reputable sources. Otherwise, you may do something that would require starting the filing process all over again.
  • Look what divorce forms are available on the county’s website and check them to determine which ones are suitable for your case. If you are not sure what forms are needed for your specific situation, consider getting legal advice from a professional.
  • If you have children, check the state guidelines on child support to fill in all the forms correctly and make appropriate calculations. Also, find out whether you have to attend parenting classes before the divorce is finalized.
  • Fill out all the required forms. Search for the explanation for any unknown terms and confusing phrases to avoid misinterpreting the questions and answering incorrectly.
  • Make sure that all the information you filled out is true and error-free. Otherwise, you will not be able to file your forms successfully.
  • Check if there are some specific classes that you have to attend before representing yourself at a hearing.
  • Print, sign, and file the documents to the court. Note that if you have children, you will have to serve your paperwork on DPHHS.

As the whole process is rather time-consuming and it is pretty easy to make a mistake or fail to find the necessary forms, most spouses prefer to get their forms picked and filled out by online services.

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Montana divorce forms

We understand that there are a lot of divorce forms that may be required for your case. That is why, for your convenience, we have decided to list the most frequently required ones:

  • Dissolution Petition
  • Proposed Parenting Plan
  • Vital Statistic Reporting Form
  • Proposed Property Distribution

Montana divorce papers online

In order to get your Montana forms filled out, you will need to have the following information on your hands:

  • Your and your spouse’s full name and date of birth.
  • Date and location of your marriage.
  • Your and your spouse’s current address, as well as the address of all real property you own.
  • Full names, dates of birth, and current address of your children.
  • Information about your income, debt, insurance, and taxes.
  • Workplace information – both yours and spouse’s.
  • Info about vehicles you both own, such as model, make, year, and VIN.
  • SSN and driver’s license number.
  • Information about any previous court cases involving you or your children.
  • Description of property you and your spouse own.
  • Financial accounts information.
  • There might be some additional details required depending on your individual case.

Things you need to know


You have to file a Dissolution Petition in the court with the Clerk of District Court office. The paperwork then has to be delivered by a sheriff. Alternatively, you can ask your spouse to sign the Acknowledgement to hand-deliver them the copies of documents.

Residency Requirements

Either spouse must have lived in the state for at least 90 days prior to filing.

Waiting Period

The waiting period is 21 days.

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Getting a divorce in Montana with a child

If you and your spouse have minor children, you need to know the following about divorces in MT:

  • As in many other states, parents can be granted sole/joint legal and sole/joint physical custody. The former allows parents to make vital decisions for their children, while the latter implies that a kid will live with a parent.
  • In Montana, spouses have to develop a parenting plan and submit it for the court’s consideration. In this plan, they have to indicate who will be the primary custodian, where the child will reside, etc.
  • When calculating child support, parents have to consult the MT guidelines. It is important to be careful when making calculations, as a court will not accept the proposed sum if it deviates from the state norm.
  • The courts always consider the best interest of the child while granting custody. Apart from that, they also take into account the parents’ wishes, the mental and physical health of each party, any history of abuse and/or neglect, the relationship of the child with both parents and even siblings, and plenty of other factors.


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